Wk4 – Artist Conversation – Elmer Guevara & Robert Nehemiah

Artist: Robert Nehemiah

Exhibition: Immaterial

Media: Oil, Paint

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Instagram: @wookieewarrior


Robert wondered about having a job and making money after leaving High School just all like all of us, and he ended up going to a fire fighter academy. After realizing his passion was for Art, he went to a Community College and is now in CSULB and in the BFA program to graduate this semester. Robert shows off his art in very detailed manner, with his paintings being on different sorts of material.

Format Analysis

When I first entered the gallery, I was intrigued at how amazing the paintings were. They had a very different visual impact than Mimi’s exhibition from last week. The details on the portraits of what Robert made were stunning. It really captured how the people appeared to be in Robert’s portraits. The expressions the portraits were making seemed all very to me. I haven’t seen such artwork that really expressed how the people looked in the paintings and I was in awe, something I haven’t felt in a while looking at a painting.

Content Analysis

Robert wanted the bring the message of look beyond the paintings. He wanted to show how to not care for possession materials and he put that in his paintings. Robert put in a ton of paint in his paintings to express what he was trying to say by breaking away from his materials. His portraits depicted his family as each one was all detailed. He talked about the idea of subject versus surface, how the art would look in front of us and what to look beyond the art. Robert also studied the human figure traditional figures, and the human porn traditional paintings to really come up with his art work.

Synthesis/My experience

I was very intrigued at the artwork that I had Robert had created. He left me with a message of looking beyond the art, not just being creative but of what happened in this art and what sorts of stories they carried. Robert also had the kind of artwork that I very much like to enjoy. I love to stare at detailed portraits, it’s a weird thing for me when it comes to art. I had a great time listening to Robert’s story of his life and how he came to making art and how that’s his passion today.




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