Mark Roberts

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Mark Roberts

United States

Mark Roberts received his bachelor’s degree in graphic design at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. Later, he continued his formal art education at the California Art Institute. At the Institute, analyzing the visual world in terms of shapes, values and edges was heavily stressed. This teaching has been with him ever since. Roberts earned his Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he has taught figure drawing for the Illustration department from 2005-2014. Presently, Roberts teaches drawing and design at Las Positas College in Livermore.

Most of his life, Roberts has pondered the following questions. Why am I compelled to create art? What is Beauty? What is the purpose of art? As he matured in his art, he realized that being able to reproduce reality wasn’t enough in itself to create art, there had to be the added elements of beauty and mood. Only recently it has occurred to him that his life’s art journey is actually a spiritual quest. Being aware of this allows Roberts to consciously heighten the beauty and emotional impact of his paintings. 

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