Robert was born in Canton, Ohio, and received a B.F.A. in painting and art history from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He received his M.F.A. in drawing and printmaking from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Before coming to Georgia Southern, Robert was the chair of the Department of Fine Arts at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.
Robert's work is in public and private collections, including:
The John D. MacArthur Library Permanent Collection at Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter, Florida
The James Michner Collection at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio
The Rare Book Collection at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
The Alma College Permanent Collection in Alma, Michigan
The Ohio University Permanent Collection in Athens, Ohio
The Bruce Simon Collection and the Morris Collection in Chattanooga, Tennessee