Robert S. Neuman

Robert S. Neuman was born in Kellogg, Idaho, in 1926. After an honorable discharge from the Air Force in 1946, he received his BA in 1949 and his MFA in 1951, both from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. He moved from the Bay Area to the East Coast in 1957 where he began teaching art at SUNY New Paltz, then at Massachusetts College of Art, Brown University, and Harvard University’s Carpenter Center for Visual Arts. He received a Fulbright Fellowship for Painting in 1953 and the John S. Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 1956. He has been the subject of countless exhibitions, including five solo shows in 2013. Neuman’s work has been on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. His work is included in public collections including the Carnegie Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University. He died in June 2015. 


During the 1950's, Neuman painted in an Abstract Expressionist style, incorporating the stylistic signifiers of the Bay Area School such as broad surface treatments, a full color palette, and atmospheric light. In the 1960's, Neuman's art evolved into geometric abstraction, fusing form and content that often verged on symbolism. He produced various bodies of works such as the Kandinsky-esque cosmos paintings of the 1970's and the complex allegories of the 1980's. Most recently he became interested in honoring the bygone landscape of Native Americans. Like his original Bay Area peers, Neuman was able to bridge his passion for pigment with abstraction, landscape, and most importantly, application of color. 



1949 B.A. California College of the Arts, CA 1951 M.F.A. from California College of Arts, CA


2017 Robert S. Neuman: Impulse and Discipline, Thorne Sagendorph Art Gallery, Keene State College, Keene, NH

2016 2014


2012 2009

Robert S. Neuman: Sixty Years in Paint, Childs Gallery, Boston, MA

Robert S. Neuman: 90 years. June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, Maine

Robert S. Neuman: Lame Deer, The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, Massachusetts

Robert S. Neuman: Pedazos Del Mundo, Childs Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

Robert S. Neuman: Print Retrospective, Childs Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

Robert S. Neuman, Star Gallery, Northeast Harbor, Maine

Definition of Place: 1950-2012, The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, Idaho Springs, ID

Prichard Art Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

Robert S. Neuman, Martin-Mullen Art Gallery, SUNY Oneonta, NY

Robert S. Neuman Retrospective, Yvette Torres Gallery, Rockland, ME

Robert S. Neuman's Ship to Paradise, Bates College Museum of Art, Bates College,

Lewiston, ME

Robert S. Neuman's Ship to Paradise, Hecksher Museum, Huntington, NY

2011 Robert S. Neuman: Works on Paper, Redfield Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME

Robert S. Neuman: A Retrospective, Sunne Savage Gallery, Boston, MA

Maine Inspiration, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME

Robert S. Neuman: Works on Paper, Shaw Contemporary, Northeast Harbor, ME 2008 Paintings, Prints & Drawings: 1949-1959, Sunne Savage Gallery,

Winchsester, MA
2007 Robert S. Neuman: Paintings and Graphic Works, Beard/Weil Gallery, Watson

Building, Norton, MA
2006 Robert S. Neuman: Lame Deer Paintings, Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, ME 2005 Fifty Years, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY
2004 Selections 1954-2004, Oil Paintings & Drawings, John Raimondi Gallery,

Vitale & Calturano & Company, Boston, MA
1998 Large Scale Works 1962-1998, Wingspread Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME 1995 Retrospective Exhibition and Lahey Clinic North Collection, Lahey Clinic

Medical Center, Peabody, MA
1981 Alhambra Series & Lame Deer Paintings, Sunne Savage Gallery, Boston, MA 1979 Sunne Savage Gallery, Boston, MA
1976 Selected Works, Baak Gallery, Cambridge, MA
1973 Paintings and Drawings, Thorne-Sagendorph Gallery, Keene State College,

Keene, NH
1972 Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY