acrylic on linen
16 x 18 inches
Robert Weiss - "Plural Convictions"
My work represents a yearning to convey important messages that allow the heightened performance and exploration of the subconscious mind. I hope my paintings instigate a deeper exploration of the many dialogues, narratives and feelings that are sparked by viewing them. The act of art making serves as a repository of human intention through an allegory that tells the viewer something that could be lost. The layers of information and technical process work together in order to allow the viewer to come to their own conclusions about the creation of the work as a symbolic gesture.
Robert Weiss was born in Galveston, Texas in 1983. He moved to Dallas to attend Booker T. Washington High School for Performing and Visual Arts to study painting. After Graduating high school, he moved to Baltimore to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art to study Painting and Printmaking. After receiving his BFA in printmaking, Robert relocated back to Texas where he taught painting, drawing, film and ceramics at Ball High School in Galveston. Robert created a film titled Ike: A Documentary The Story of A torn City Rebuilt by Everyday Heroes with his film students. The film reveals the devastating and catastrophic effects Hurricane Ike impacted Galveston with and the incredible resilience of the community following. During that time he was honored to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the Teacher of the Year Award from Galveston Independent School District for his notable work on the documentary and with the students. Following his teaching career in Galveston, Robert then went on to receive his MFA from Syracuse University where he studied painting and drawing. During that time he worked as an adjunct professor of drawing. Robert currently teaches film at the Episcopal School of Dallas and Art Appreciation at El Centro College in Dallas while continuing to work on his own short narrative films, documentaries and paintings.