Walter Robinson works in a range of materials—wood, epoxy, metal, and found materials—of which he hand-fabricates and assembles objects, signage and tableaux. Robinson’s work investigates the mechanics of cultural and social anthropology. Using text and the strategies of appropriation, conflation, and dislocation, he uncovers the subconscious and biological human imperatives hidden beneath social, political, religious, and capitalist packaging.
Robinson’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Palo Alto Art Center, the San Jose Museum of Art, and Villa Montalvo, as well as numerous group exhibitions across the United States and abroad. His work is included in many public and private collections including: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Crocker Art Museum; Nevada Museum of Art; San Jose Museum of Art; the di Rosa Preserve: Art & Nature; The Sheldon Museum of Art; and the Djerassi Foundation. His work has received critical attention from a number of publications including Artforum, ArtReview, Vanity Fair, and the San Francisco Chronicle. An alumnus of Lone Mountain College’s Master of Fine Arts program, he also studied for a time at the San Francisco Art Institute and what was formerly the California College of the Arts and Crafts. A Bay Area native, Walter Robinson lives and works in New Mexico and has been represented by Catharine Clark Gallery since 1993.