Robert Amft born painter, sculptor, photographer, designer, Chicago 1916. He died in South Carolina 2012.
Amft was a work-alone, ahead-of-his-time American artist.
He graduated from the School of the Chicago Art Institute, 1939.
He pursued his artistic career for over 75 years, producing a prolific work of paintings, sculptures, photographs, and graphic designs.
Amft’s work is widespread, from abstract to figurative, from outsider to classic, from appropriations, collages to oils, watercolors, acrylics, from brushwork to commercial spray paint, from stencils to intuitive compositions, from photography and graphic design to sculpture. Amft did not distinguish between fine and commercial art
When photography was still black and white, he worked with color. He painted large scale portraits when the rest of the art world did not. He used spray paints on canvas, decades before it was accepted as art. Amft was a precursor to numerous contemporary, avant-garde styles.