Life on Canvas - July 2015
Army 1948 - 1952
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Bob received formal art training at Cooper Union and the School of Visual Arts in New York. While there, he met the love of his life, a fashion illustrator, and married her 3 1/2 weeks later. In 1959, Bob and Lydia moved to Denver, Colorado to start a family that would eventually include 4 children. While in Denver, Bob worked as art director for ABC TV. He later opened Studio 10, a graphic design company that counted Pepsi among its clients. Avid campers, they decided to move to the foothills of Boulder, where Bob became a graphics designer for the National Center of Atmospheric Research.
In 1972 the call of the mountains grew stronger, and Bob and Lydia moved to Lake City, a small town high in the San Juan Range. For the first time Bob and Lydia worked together daily as fine artists. They bought a 100 year old cabin and hand built an art gallery that also housed their studio and print shop. After many years in this rustic mountain town, Bob and Lydia moved to Grand Junction to open an art school and Gallery. In 1985, after the oil shale industry and the city's economy collapsed, they moved to The Old Chicken Farm Art Center in San Angelo, Texas. Here Bob and Lydia continued to develop their craft painting and teaching classes at the art center and on the local public television station.
In 1986, Bob took the plunge into computer design with the purchase of his first computer, an Apple Mac Plus. Although they enjoyed a great deal of success in San Angelo, Bob and Lydia missed the mountains. In 1990, they moved back to Colorado and settled in Gunnison where they opened a studio and small gallery. They also joined the Paragon Gallery in Crested Butte, a 14 member cooperative where artists exhibit their artwork and give back to the community by donating their time and portion of their profit.
In 2007, Bob's life as a husband and artists took another unexpected turn when he said goodbye to his wife, partner and creative muse after 49 years of marriage. Lydia had only recently been diagnosed and treated for cancer. Her memory and life continue to inspire and inform his work. During his long career, Bob has been prolific in both quality and quantity of his work. He has completed more than 1200 oil and watercolor paintings, many of which have placed first in art shows and competitions.
His work has been shown in the Denver Art Museum, the Smithsonian, and in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and abroad. In 2006, Bob's watercolor "Wildflower Medley" was selected as the official poster design for the annual Crested Butte Wildflower Festival. In 2011, Bob with the aid of Ivy McNulty was instrumental in starting the local co-op 'Gallery 126' on Main Street, Gunnison.
If you are interested in any of the Bob Maurer collection please contact the Veterans Art Center. Many of the paintings are original oil, acrylic or watercolor and are also available as Giclee and or limited edition numbered prints. Contact by phone 970-462-3126 or email the gallery.