Rob Butler grew up on the U.S.-Mexico border in Brownsville, Texas, and lived with his family in Germany. He discovered early on the excitement of diverse cultures and found that immersion in a foreign culture catalyzed his creativity. Rob earned his MFA in printmaking at the University of Iowa in 2004, and he continues to pursue cross-cultural exchange as a visiting lecturer at the School of Communication in Riga, Latvia.
About his artwork, Rob states: In recent work, imagery is informed by being receptive to physical, emotional, spiritual, and aesthetic events that occur during the process of print and art making. In the collaboration between the elements of process and myself, this dynamic sense serves as a catalyst to inform the next work. This dialogue, between artist and art, leads to serial work that provides a narrative for artistic processes, from the conceptual first work to the non-existential last. My purpose in my art work is not simply to communicate content and imagery with an audience, but to closely view my own actions, therefore placing my environment and myself under close observation, then reexamining those observations through the vehicle of print and art making.
University of Iowa. School of Art and Art History
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