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  • Basic Information

  • About me
    I am originally from Southern California and have been creating art all my life. I started drawing at the age of three and started painting a few years later. I was introduced to cubism at the age of 13 when I attended a Picasso exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). I went home that day and painted my first cubist painting. I've studied and admired the works of artists Picasso, van Gogh, Monet, Wyeth, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Renoir, Jongkind, and many more. My inspiration comes from art history, from the beauty of our planet, from people who have had an impact on my life and those who have made a difference in the world. I enjoy challenging myself and exploring new paths in creating art. Art should be limitless. I hope to continue on my creative journey into the new and unknown.
  • Location
    Maui, Hawaii
  • Artist Background

  • About the Artist
    Robert Lyn Nelson, one of the premier American artists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, was born February 1, 1955 in Upland, CA. His remarkable talent was evident by the age of three, when he began drawing with charcoal and pencil. By the time he was seven years of age, he painted and drew every day, creating an impressive collection of art, astonishing everyone who saw his work.

    Nelson moved to Hawaii in 1973 where the beauty of the islands and his newfound interest in Hawaiian history brought exciting new artistic inspiration. An encounter with a humpback whale led him to paint, “Two Worlds”, Nelson’s notable masterpiece that launched an artistic genre, The Modern Marine Art Movement. Nelson is known as the pioneer of the “Two Worlds” concept of marine art, depicting life both above and below the surface of the ocean.

    With a formal education in abstract painting followed by a lifetime of observation and experimentation, Nelson has expressed himself in abstract form on canvas for many years. His dynamic new nonrepresentational abstract series is refined, polished, and sublime and has drawn quite a following.

    He had studied the art of Picasso and cubism throughout his childhood years, but it was his first visit to the LA County Museum of art at age 13 that inspired Nelson to explore this new way of visualizing the world. Cubism has since then been one of his favorite styles because it challenges him to expand his creative process beyond what most see as reality.

    Although known for his extremely detailed realistic creations, Nelson’s work also includes other many styles including cubism, surrealism, impressionism and more. Nelson’s work continues to evolve, as he finds new fields to explore, sharing new inspirations like a poet with a sable paintbrush. Although he has been studying, observing, creating art for years, he sees every day as an opportunity to express himself in different ways, to branch out into new ways of seeing and using his paint brush to give the world a visual of that view.
  • Artworks Type
    New Media
  • Artist Style
    Realism, Neo-classicism, Cubism, Surrealism, Portraiture. Impressionism, Expressionism, Pointillism, Abstract Expressionism, Abstract Impressionism, Post Modernism, Pop Art
  • Artist Education
    1973-1973 Chaffey College
    1972-1973 Mount San Antonio College
    1975-1976 University of Hawaii
    1964-Present Self Study
  • Awards & Merits
    Official Artist, United States at the World Expo, Lisbon, Portugal
    Award "Environmental Hero", Office of the Vice President, Al Gore
    Award, Certificate of Recognition, County of Los Angeles, California
    Award, Certificate of Recognition, City of Monterey Park, California
    Award, Certificate of Recognition, California Legislature, 60th District
    Award, Certificate of Recognition, California Legislature, 61st District
    Award, Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, United States Congress, 43rd District
    Award, Certificate of Recognition, City of Ontario, California
    Award, Resolution, County of San Bernadino, California
    Award, Certificate of Recognition, California Legislature 63rd District
    Award, Benjamin Franking Award for "My Ocean Home", IBPA
    Official Artist, Marine Art Expo, Wailea, Maui, Hawaii
    Official Artist, Festival of the Whale, Dana Point, California
    Originator of "Two Worlds" Modern Marine Art Movement, Encyclopedia of Popular Culture and Literature
    Official Artist, "International Year of the Reef"
    Award, "International Register of Profiles, Cambridge", England
    Award, "Trends and Testimonies of Contemporary Art"
    Award, "Community Leaders of America", Raleigh, North Carolina
    Award, "Personalities of America"
    Award, "Young Master Realist", American Biographical Institute
    Awart, "International Book of Honor"
    Award, "Tiger of the Year"
    Award, "Distinguished Artistic Achievements", American Biographical Institute
    Award, Book Achievement for "Our Ocean Home", Midwest Independent Publishing Association
  • Media & Press
    Jeanne Boyer, Associate Editor, Inland Empire Magazine
    House and Garden Magazine
    Surfing Life, Japan
    HI Wind, Japan
    Sunstorm Fine Art, USA
    Hawaiian Airlines article
    Interview: Celebrity Outdoors RV
    Hawaiian Airlines article
    Interview: Eye on LA
    QDD Inc Production TV Special
    American Artist article New York
    Interview: Winners USA
    Interview: Aqualife
    KITV Hawaii feature: Portraits of Paradise
    Interview: Connoisseur Magazine
    Depeche Magazine, Bora Bora
    Hawaiian Airlines article
    BIBA Magazine, France
    Oceans Magazine, France
    Town and Country Magazine
    Bunte Magazine, Germany
    Elle Magazine, France
    Inland Empire Magazine, California
    Fodore’s International Travel Book
    Hawaii Surf and Sea Magazine, Hawaii
    Pan Magazine, Germany
    Art Gallery International article
    Aloha Magazine “Deep Art” article
    Highlander Magazine, California
    Daily Report article, California
    Interview: Hawaiian Moving Company
    Pacific Discovery America article
    Sixieme Continent, France
    Patriot Ledger, Massachusetts
    CNN News Story
    Maui News article on fire at artist’s home
    Mauian Magazine, Hawaii
    20 AMS article, France
    Officiel Hommes article, France
    Planche article, France
    Anneebateau, France
  • Causes & Donations
    Companions of Art and Nature
    Cousteau Society
    Earth Island Institute
    Friends of the Sea Otter
    Green Peace San Francisco
    Green Peace USA
    Green Peace Hawaii
    Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society
    John Wayne Cancer Clinic
    Lahaina Restoration Foundation
    Maritime Center Honolulu
    Maui Arts and Cultural Center
    Monterey Audubon Society
    National Geographic Society
    National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation
    Pacific Whale Foundation
    Save the Manatee Club
    Waikiki Aquarium
    Seattle Aquarium Society
    Special Olympics
    Steinhart Aquarium
    The Nature Conservancy
    Vancouver Aquarium
    World Wildlife Federation
    Year of the Hawaiian Club
    Year of the Reef
  • Exhibitions
    Lahaina Galleries, Hawaii & California
    Exclusive Collections Galleries, California & Nevada
    Hana Coast Gallery, Hawaii
    Tabora Galleries, Hawaii
    Masters of Light Gallery, California
    Tripp Harrison Gallery, Florida
    Trowbridge Gallery, California
    Wrold Harmony Exhibit, Shanghai China
    Summer Olympic Games Exhibit 2012, London, England
    Diamond Head Gallery, Hawaii
    Winters Fine Art, California
    Images Gallery, Hawaii
    Medea Gallery, California
    Key West Gallery, Florida
    Rancho Cucumonga Museum, California
    European Tour Exhibit of "From Sea to Shining Sea"
    Media Arts Group, California
    Images International, California
    Various shows throughout Japan
    Barr Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
    Keith Alexander Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
    Ron Seagal Galleries, Washington
    Dyanson Galleries, California
    Celebrites Galleries, Hawaii
    Walt Myers Gallery, Texas
  • Museum Collections
    Smithsonian Institute, Museum of Natural History
    Metropolitan Museum of Art
    New York Museum of Natural History
    Society for Wildlife Art London
    Fine Arts Museum of the South at Mobile
    The Berkshire Museum
    Arnot Art Museum
    Nicolaysen Art Museum
    Midwest Museum of American Art
  • Collectors
    Paloma Picasso
    Bruno Mars
    Pres. Bill & Hillary Clinton
    Pres. Ronald & Nancy Reagan
    Pres. George W Bush
    Clint Eastwood
    Vice Pres. Al Gore
    Barbara Bush
    Jacques Cousteau
    Robert Kennedy Jr.
    Dr. Sylvia Earle
    James Cameron
    Arnold Palmer
    Mike Love
    Willie Nelson
    Nick Nolte
    Peter Max
    Randy Travis
    David Silverman (The Simpsons)
    Carl Wilson
    David Robinson
    Michael Warner
    Andy Bumatai
    Dr. Robert Ballard
    Jean-Michel Cousteau
    Jack Nicklaus
    Terry Schroeder
    Roger Clinton
    Bernie Kopell
    John Davidson
    Clare Boothe Luce
    Marlon Brando
    Kenny Loggins
    Chi Chi Rodriguez
    Robert Wagner
    Michael Schiffer
    Robert Rockefeller
    Sonny & Mary Bono
    Brian Wilson
    Jackie Cooper
    Jimmy Buffet
    Mike Conners
    Richard Crenna
    Chad Everett
    John Forsythe
    Jack Lord
    Danny Arnold
    Gov. Ben Cayetano
    Leonard Nimoy
    Richard Lewis
    John Candy
    Tom Selleck
    John Hillerman
    Mac Davis
    Lloyd Bridges
    Beau Bridges
    Vince Neil (Motley Crue)
    Al Jardine
    Gov. George Ariyoshi
    Shep Gordon
    Jimmy Messina
    John Denver
    David Gates (Bread)
    Guy Buffett
    Dan Fogelberg
    Cliff Williams AC/DC
    Marlin Perkins (Wild Kingdom)
    George Benson
    Ron Ely

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