Robert A. Pruitt
Born in Houston in 1975, Robert A. Pruitt received a BA in studio art from Texas Southern University (2000) and an MFA with a concentration in painting from The University of Texas in Austin (2003). He has exhibited his work locally, nationally, and internationally, most notably, at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Dallas Museum of Art, The Bronx Museum of Art, the 2006 Whitney Biennial, and most recently in a solo exhibition at the Studio Museum of Harlem. He has participated in influential residencies, such as Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ArtPace, Fabric Workshop Museum, and Brandywine Printshop Residency. He has received numerous awards including the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, the Joan Mitchell Artist Grant, a project grant from the Creative Capital Foundation, and the William H. Johnson Award.
Pruitt works in a variety of materials, but his practice is chiefly centered on rendering portraits of the human body, specifically the black body. He projects onto these bodies a juxtaposing series of experiences and material references, denoting a diverse and radical black past, present, and future.