Pittsburgh Artist Registry

Robert E. Sholties

Robert E. Sholties

Artistic Category Artist
Career Level Mid-career
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Over 40 years, my work has evolved from elaborate black and white doodles to increasingly detailed figurative paintings.  I am totally self-taught. My ideas spring from my subconscious mind during periods of contemplating randomly applied swirls of paint. The result is my take on our human existence -- our relations with each other, other living things, and our environment. I’ve had an ongoing self and formal education in the Sciences with particular interests in our alteration of the natural world. I tend to explore the hypocrisies, cruelties, and absurdities prevalent in our dealings with each other and with nature. In general, I envision a rather dark world, but still try to make room for beauty, hope, and humor. I try to establish relationships among the images within individual pieces, but as in dreams, there are usually mysteries which are open to interpretation. I have always been intrigued by the Surrealists, but do not consider myself a Surrealist. 

Robert Sholties has been painting for over 40 years.  His work has evolved from elaborate doodles to detailed figurative paintings.  His ideas spring from his subconscious mind after contemplating swirls of paint applied to cardboard.  His work is his response to human life on this planet, our interactions with each other, with other living things, and with our environment.  He highlights our hypocrisies and shortcomings, but doesn’t neglect the beauty and humor that can coexist with the darker aspects of our lives.  He has exhibited throughout the U.S., with 5 NYC solos, and is the recipient of 3 arts fellowships.  His paintings are in a number of private collections, as well as the Smithsonian.







Glenshaw, Pennsylvania 15116
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  • Acrylic