Photo of Robert Chuey by Al Pitzner 11 x 14 in. 233

Robert Arnold Chuey
1921 - 1977

Robert Arnold Chuey was born in Barberton, Ohio in 1921. He studied art in Los Angeles, California, at the Art Center School (1945-46); the Los Angeles County Art Institute (1947-49); and the Jepson Art Institute (1949-52) with Rico Lebrun, Howard Warshaw, and Bill Brice.

During the 1950s and '60s, Chuey had over ten one-man one-man shows in Southern California , six of them taking place at the Frank Perls Gallery in Bevery Hills, and two at the Fleisher-Anhalt Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. His first show, in 1951, of still lifes with kitchen utensils was extremely successful and Chuey became known for his "pots and pans" paintings.

By the late 50s, his work was mostly comprised of broadly painted landscapes. He continued to explore and develop his work into abstractions of landscapes and figures.

Paintings by Robert Chuey were shown at the Los Angeles County Museum in several exhibitions from 1949 through 1960, the De Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco, the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh (1953), the California Palace of the Legion of Honor (1952), the Sao Paulo Brazil Biennale (1955), and other exhibitions of contemporary art around the country. Chuey was also included in the 1951 Newcomer Show at the Downtown Gallery in New York. In 1957, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art accorded Robert Chuey a one-man show.

Chuey's exhibitions received favorable reviews in the press and his work was purchased by a number of notable art collectors during the 1950s and '60s, such as Stanley Marcus, Morton May, and show business celebrities Vincent Price, Billy Wilder, and Fanny Brice, among others. During that period, two of his paintings were acquired for the Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Robert Chuey is included in the archives of the Oakland Art Museum, in Oakland, CA, the Smithsonian Instituition in Washington, D.C., and the Sao Paulo Art Museum in Brazil.

A respected teacher, Chuey taught art at the Los Angeles County Art Institute (1954-56), the Chouinard Art Institute (1958-68), the University of California, Santa Barbara (1965-67), the University of Southern California (1967-68), and the University of California, Los Angeles (1968-72).

Robert Chuey was a prolific artist, completely immersed in his work, and left a collection of several hundred paintings and drawings. The paintings range in size from 2 x 3 feet to 7 x 8 feet.

Untitled Oil on canvas 38 x 50 in.
Fountain II Oil on canvas 48 x 50 in.
Josephine
Oil on canvas 68 x 58 in.
Canyon Variation
Oil on canvas 57 x 61 in.
Untitled
Oil on masonite 24 x 17 in.

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