Robert Solomon (June 20, 1950) went to Brookline Public Schools in Brookline MA, and attended the children's program at the Museum School. In his Junior year at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, his work won First Runner Up in the Rome Prize Fellowship, and he earned his BFA from Pratt in 1974. From 1974-1975 Solomon studied privately with Herb Aach, noted color theorist and translator and editor of Goethe's Color Theory (1971). Introduced by Joe Stapleton (see below) to renowned SoHo gallery owner/director Ivan Karp in 1974, Karp gave Solomon's work regular critiques until 1978, when his work was shown at Karp's gallery - OK Harris Works of Art.

From 1973 to 1983, his work was exhibited at four museums (High Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Butler Institute of American Art, and Berkshire Museum). His participation in an exhibition in the MFA’s Barbara and Steven Grossman Gallery marks his fifth museum installation. 

From 1984 to 2003, Solomon set aside his art career to support his two children working as an international market consultant. A hospital error during radiation treatment in late 2003 caused irreparable damage to his spine as an incurable, progressive nerve root disease began to compromise his mobility. Despite the increasingly intense pain, he returned to the studio in 2013 after friends mounted a retrospective of his early work, and in September 2014, entered the graduate program at the MFA's Museum School.

Solomon began working on aluminum in Fall 2014, after conducting tests that proved the metal's superior ability to push color language. His work is defined by an intense color architecture consisting of multiple layers of interwoven pigment and light, enabled by aluminum's push attributes. He earned his MFA from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts in May 2016.

Solomon is writing a biography about an obscure second-generation abstract expressionist – Joseph Stapleton (1921-1994), and lecturing about Stapleton and mid-20th-century American art history. On October 10, 2017, he presented a lecture on Stapleton at Art Students League of New York - where Stapleton taught for more than 20 years. On July 2, 2017, Solomon was awarded legal ownership of Stapleton's portfolio of nearly 5,500 yet unseen drawings, dating from 1938 to 1993. The work is now being photographed and cataloged and will be made available for exhibition and research.

Solomon resides in Newton Highlands, MA, and teaches art history at Mount Wachusett Community College.
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