Painter, sculptor and printmaker, Robert Kushner was born in California in 1949. He gained attention in the early seventies as a performance artist, using food, fabric and nudity. Kushner was associated with the Pattern and Decoration movement and used fabric collage in large-scale, bold paintings of the figure. He has collaborated with Master printer Bud Shark since 1982 on various monotypes and lithographs. These exuberant, sensuous prints often include collage elements, including glitter, chine colle, metal leaf and hand coloring. Many of Kushner’s monotypes were created in Hawaii, inspired by tropical fruits, flowers and fish. Most recently, “Midsummer” and “Cherries”, were completed in July 2003, both are beautiful color lithographs depicting branches of cherries, goosesberries and grasses.
Robert Kushner lives in New York and has completed several major public commissions. In 1997, Hudson Hills Press published the monograph, “Robert Kushner: Gardens of Earthly Delight” by Alexandra Anderson- Spivey. The New Jersey Center for Visual Arts mounted the survey exhibition “Robert Kushner: 25 Years of Making Art” in 1998.