Robin McCauley | Biography

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Robin was born in Rockford, IL in 1973. Both of her parents are painters. Robin attended C.A.P.A. (Creative and Performing Arts) from fifth grade until the end of high school.

In 1994, she moved to Minneapolis where she worked at both the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Walker Art Museum while attending school. She received her B.F.A. in painting from the University of Minnesota in 1997.

Robin moved to California in 1998 where she received her M.F.A. from the University of California, Davis in 2000.

After graduate school, she moved to Los Angeles where she began to show her work both locally and nationally. Her work has been reviewed by several publications, including Angeleno magazine, Artweek, IdN, Vodka Magazine, and Los Angeles Times.

She began teaching art at California State University in 2001 where she is still teaching today. In addition to CSUN, Robin has also taught art at UCLA, Loyola Marymount University, Pasadena City College, and many two- and four-year institutions in the Los Angeles area.

Robin also writes for Sapling Press and Paper Rebel greeting cards and her writing has been published in Reader's Digest and has been seen on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show three times.

Robin lives in Los Angeles with her husband and five rescue cats.

Artist Statement

Nature is my muse. Animals are losing their habitat and they are, at the very least, confronted by or threatened by all of our discards. Though the birds in my paintings are not victimized. Rather they have the upper hand and are ready to stand toe-to-toe, sometimes with harmful objects. They claim salvage rights to our residue. They adapt the object to fit their needs – to survive.

I’m no different. As an artist I’ve had to adapt to say better those which are my concerns: words, book art, gender, sculpture, minimalism, design… now painting. I too am an adaptive and endangered animal, adapting images knowing better how to communicate with them as well as having deeper insights to who I am.