Rob Katkowski

Born in 1975 near Pittsburgh, PA, Rob received a BFA in painting from the Ohio State University in 1998 before co-founding a skateboard manufacturing company.  After selling his company in 2004, Rob attended graduate school, receiving his MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2007. 

A few months after graduating, Rob was accepted to participate in the Brewhouse residency program in Pittsburgh, continuing on to coordinate the program from 2008 to 2011.  Rob has exhibited at galleries in Pennsylvania, Washington, Alabama, Ohio, and Belgium.  His work is included in the collections of the Fairmont Hotel (Pittsburgh,PA), PNC bank (New York, NY and Pittsburgh,PA), and Erie Insurance (Erie,PA).  Rob now lives and works in Seattle, WA.

Artist Statement

I want to believe that everyone’s reality could somehow yield unseen things.  To assist the viewer in this I set up situations where certain conditions are met that unlock spaces that are typically invisible.  It may be that a body of water may entice the viewer to cross into newly found spaces, or that a mountain transposed with a grid may be transparent enough to show its hidden secrets.  The key is to create a consistent structure for one reality and at the same time create a feeling that a whole different place exists along side of it.  Then I could possibly persuade my viewers to fill in suggestive or abstract areas of the painting with ideas of their own, thereby making the unseen visible and at the same time transporting them to their own personal fantasy worlds.

Listen for the Water . oil on canvas . 60 x 53 - Sold

Threshold II . oil on canvas . 12 x 12 - Sold

City Lights . oil on canvas . 12 x 12 - $400

Threshold III . oil on canvas . 12 x 12 - Sold