diakadi welcomes sf artist:

rob cox

Born in 1957 in Stoneham, MA, Rob received his B.F.A. in Painting and Art History from the Massachusetts College of Art. In 1990, he moved to San Francisco and continued his studies at the University of California Extension, Berkeley.

Rob paints the urban landscape as well as figures and everyday objects. His work can be described as a Pop style with muddy underpinnings. It germinates in the works of Paul Cezanne, David Park and Richard Diebenkorn. Representational painting is a foundation to push images beyond their literal explanation and then pull back into the object to create a restrained tension of something slightly off kilter. He sees the thing as new, somehow more precious than the original.

His work is constantly evolving.

“When working I have an idea, a tenuous notion about what will transpire on the canvas. As the work progresses, the piece becomes something on its own. A dialog begins between my hand and what happens on the canvas."

“Part of what I love about the medium of paint is the mixing of colors. The process of painting becomes alchemy. Piling on the paint, a gesturing, flourishing brush stroke against smooth surfaces, bright grays and dull reds and a patchwork of passages that create context for the images. And I oscillate between the theoretical and physical activity of painting. I struggle constantly not only with what to paint, but how to paint.”

Strongly influenced by Wayne Thiebaud, Elmer Bischoff and Park, Rob continues the Northern California figurative tradition. Paint is applied impasto with aggressive strokes, in broad swaths. The objective is to describe and define form and shape using color.

Rob Cox's paintings have been exhibited at the George Krevsky Gallery in San Francisco and in Tucson and Scottsdale, AZ. His work has been included in juried exhibits at the Center for Visual Art in Oakland, CA as well as the Makeready Press Gallery in Montclair, NJ.

And now, exhibited in DIAKADI. Check out more of Rob Cox's imaginative work and talented oil paintings below on his website and Facebook page.