Robert Donald Deyber, Jr. (August 13, 1955 - September 20, 2021)
Born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut, Deyber began drawing at an early age. His mother was a well known traditional portrait artist working in New York City in the 60’s. This inspired him to use art as necessary means of escape from an otherwise difficult world, one in which he set his mind free to visit the most remote places—a wheat field in South Dakota, the dunes of the Gobi desert, the moons of Jupiter—all within easy reach for a very imaginative young boy. He is endlessly intrigued by visual imaginings that reside in the realm between reality and fantasy. His artwork is highly narrative in nature; his paintings convey an almost dreamlike quality to the bemused viewer.
Robert Deyber’s career had taken him all over the world. He lived for a while in the Umbria region of Italy, and also lived for a time in San Francisco and New York before moving to Boston. From Boston he and his partner moved and lived in Atlanta Georgia from 2002 until 2008 when they moved to Litchfield County, Connecticut. He developed a style that is unique and surreal, finding inspiration from the cultures that had surrounded him.
Compelled to create imagery where he used a combination of highly stylized composition, light and contrasting colors, his goal was to apply all three skillfully, thereby drawing the viewer into his painting without overpowering. Deyber is a visual raconteur —a storyteller with a paintbrush, his mind’s eye planted deep within the subconscious. With artistic roots that hail from the Surrealist movement, among his heroes were Rene Magritte and Salvator Dali. It is the undecided tone between sincerity and irony that makes Robert’s artwork distinctly contemporary, his visual vocabulary distinctly his own, but with a worldwide audience.
His work is exclusively represented by Martin Lawrence Galleries who shows his work in New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Dallas, New Orleans, Chicago, Costa Mesa, La Jolla, Lahaina.
Robert has sold his paintings nationally and internationally. His work is in the collection of multiple notable art collections including Tom & Dana Petty, Josh Brolin, Alicia Keys, Sheryl Crow, Trey Parker, Kobe Bryant, Wrigley Family, John Tyson, Danica Patrick, Roger Waters, Aaron Paul, Pete Wentz, Alton Brown, Robin Quivers.