Rob Swainston

Born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, Rob made his first relief print “Hippopotamus” at age five.  He studied art and political science at Hampshire College, and subsequently lived and worked in Central Europe, pursuing postgraduate studies in political science at Budapest’s Central European University.  He received his MFA from Columbia University in 2006, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2007, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio Program in 2009-10, and is alumnus of the Philadelphia art collective Vox Populi.  Rob is a cofounder and master printer of Prints of Darkness, a collaborative printmaking studio in Brooklyn, NY.  He has had solo shows with Esther Massry Gallery, Albany (2011); David Krut Projects, NYC (2010); BravinLee Programs, NYC (2010); and Vox Populi, Philadelphia (2008 and 2009).  Rob has been in group shows at Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY (2011); Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY (2011); NADA Hudson (Canada Gallery), Hudson, NY (2011); Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ (2010); Philagraphika at Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia (2010); Canada Gallery, NYC (2008); The Queens Museum at Bulova, Queens, NY (2008) and the Frederic Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL (2006).  He has been featured in V-magazine, as well as the Printeresting, and Art21 blogs.  Rob recently finished a fellowship with the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center for the winter 2011-12.

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