Robert Kipniss, The balanced rock (2004), oil on canvas, 40 x 36 inches. © Robert Kipniss 2023.
Robert Kipniss (born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 1, 1931) is a distinguished American painter and printmaker. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at galleries and museums worldwide since 1951. He is a Royal Academician (retired), an elected member of the National Academy of Design, New York, and holds two honorary doctorates.
His work is represented in the collections of numerous public institutions, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and many others.
He has created over 750 editions and is perhaps best known as one of the leading living practitioners of mezzotint. Since 1989 Kipniss has maintained a studio on the Hudson River in Westchester County, New York. He currently resides in northwestern Connecticut.
For over five decades, Robert Kipniss has prolifically produced paintings, prints, and drawings of remarkable beauty, eloquence, and refinement...he has gained international recognition for his distinctly American images of spacious landscapes and smalltown vistas, as well as quiet interiors and intimate still lifes. Following in the footsteps of such esteemed predecessors as Paul Cezanne and Giorgio Morandi, the artist has faithfully investigated and reexamined these familiar, humble subjects...He has never felt confined or restricted by their narrow range; rather, he is liberated within it... Kipniss's art has always clearly bespoken his independent spirit and lifelong embrace of solitude.
Daniel Piersol, Seen In Solitude: Robert Kipniss Prints from the James F. White Collection (New Orleans Museum of Art, 2006)