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Robert Cantor

San Rafael, Ca.

“My work always begins with the human figure. I create these figures, often stylized, in the hope that through movement, kinetic tension, the exaggeration of form, or the sheer beauty of line, some thoughtful and heartfelt aspect of human experience will be revealed. For me, the most moving of all sculptural forms are those that capture the psychological ambiguities, conflicts, emotions, and hidden meanings of everyday life. I usually make a series of sculptures on a general theme: The "Anatomy of Melancholy" series consists of eleven pieces that portray the reflective nature of this familiar bittersweet experience. They start with the figurative, become more stylized in nature, and finally evolve into more abstract forms. The "Theme and Variation" series takes the evolution idea a step further by having the evolution of form take place in the same sculpture, including playing with images from Picasso, Matisse, Brancusi, Giacometti, Botero, and Maillol. Yet another, Secret Obsessions, consists of six bronze sculptures in which I play with the concepts of persona, shame, loss, and exposure. The Transported series is an attempt to capture those rare moments of life, moments when we have an extraordinary experience of some greater meaning or understanding. This series of stylized sculptures attempts to portray the spirit of these moments. The latest series is a Trump Edition of a kind of PTSD experience. After the election, I found myself making these anguished forms that clearly reflected my distress about what was happening in our country. The series of nine sculptures was shown at the Desta Gallery in San Anselmo, California. In making all of these sculpted forms, my desire is to arouse something visceral; to comfort, to induce a chuckle, to invite reflection, and on occasion, to startle, to make the hairs stand up on your neck.” MY SCULPTURE IS PRESENTLY BEING SHOWN AT THREE GALLERIES IN CALIFORNIA: THE DESTA GALLERY in San Anselmo, THE ACCI GALLERY in Berkeley, and THE THOUSAND OAKS GALLERY in Albany.

Bob Cantor has been a clinical psychologist in San Francisco since 1973. He was an Associate Professor on the full-time faculty of the University of California, San Francisco for ten years and has been in private practice for over thirty years. He has also published two books: "And A Time To Live" (1980, Harper and Row, nominated and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize) and a novel, "Of Struggle and Flight" (1990, Little Viking).

Art and sculpture have been a life long passion. He has studied with Alan Kaprow (Rutgers University), Mogens Moller (Royal College of Copenhagen), Jesus Mendes (Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende), and Jack Kreutzer (Loveland, Colorado).

At present, his work is on permanent display at the ACCI Gallery in Berkeley, California, the Zeta Gallery in Lafayette, California, and the Thousand Oaks Gallery, Albany, California. His prize-winning sculpture has been collected throughout the United Satates; featured in the 2005 Spring issue of "Direct Art Magazine", and awarded a coveted place in 2006's "Best Artists of California".

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