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About Robert Sherman Fine Art

Born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Robert Sherman painted as a hobby during his teen years, later choosing to study for a business career at Tulane University (New Orleans), where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration.

After finishing college, Robert completed a tour in the Navy, traveling for six months in Europe seeing many great works of the arts. After, he returned to the USA to work.

Unhappy after two years in the business arena, Sherman left the South to go to the San Francisco Art Institute to study. Sherman was one of the many artists drawn to San Francisco. As a student at the San Francisco Art Institute, he studied with such artists as Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff, James Weeks and Nathan Olivera, and he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He then acquired a Master of Arts from San Francisco State University, where he remained for several years as an instructor in sculpture.

Sherman left the city to paint exclusively. Northern California's Mendocino County became his home for the next eight years, with one off for a world tour, most of which was spent painting in the Orient.

Sherman spent years living, painting and exhibiting in London.

"I have tried for more than 50 years to use my gift to help people," Sherman said. "When I say 'gift' I mean that I take no credit for the work that I have produced. I lose myself in the process, the painting or sculpture shows me what it wants to be. I am only an undeserving vehicle."

"If my vision was what I wanted it to be, then it would have helped people see that yes, there is chaos and hate in the world. There is only one way to reduce, if only a little, fear and hate. Like it or not, we all have to exist together or perish," Sherman explained. "My paintings are Mandala's. What is a Mandala? The Tibetans from the Fourth Century were the first to become known for them - they are vehicles to find your own calm center through visual meditation."

"You should focus on the center white dot and not try to control your thoughts, and let them go by without thought, the colors will pulse, lose their color and you will see only white light. You have literally seen the light and are in a state of meditation. If you do not meditate, it will help you feel a safe place and experience the best of the moment. Just having the paintings on the wall should bring happiness and calm."

Robert Sherman's works are in a number of private collections, including those of President Bill Clinton, Governor Jim Guy Tucker former Governor Winthrop Rockefeller, designer Bill Blass, Wesleyan University, Smith Capital Management, McElroy National Bank, UCA, Arkansas art center, Southeast Arkansas Art Center, San Francisco Art Institute and many others.

His work has been exhibited throughout the country and in Europe.

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