Robert Hoffman
BFA Indiana University 2007
Mixed media and self-taught fiber artists
rahthebird@gmail.com
www.rahthebird.com

 

Robert attended Indiana University where he earned a BFA. Although he was a painting major, Robert found himself drawn to fibers and mixed media and taught himself how to embroider and combine mediums. This opened up a world of possibilities. Robert currently resides in Baltimore with his partner and his home studio. He began working on a series called “Society” in Indiana and continued when he moved to Baltimore. This series was based on his fascination with birds. Robert grew up near his grandparents, who were amateur ornithologists and lived near a limestone quarry surrounded by woods. He often played there and observed wildlife, specifically birds.
His artistic influences are Max Ernst, Victor Brauner, Leonora Carrington, and Horst
Antes. These surrealists’ landscapes influenced the landscape and backgrounds in his own artwork. Many surrealist paintings have the dream-like images and mysterious feelings that he wanted to portray in his work. The birds of Max Ernst and Victor Brauner added to his fascination with birds. In Robert's work, landscapes are whimsical environments for his birds. In this imaginary landscape, birds take on the narratives of humans.

 

Solo Shows

2022 Imaginary Worlds, Gallery Blue Door, Baltimore, MD.

2021 Showcase Exhibit, Charmed Kitchen/Baltimore Gallery of Art Baltimore, MD.

2018 Places with No Color, Alchemy of Art Gallery, Baltimore, MD.
2016 Places, La Cakerie, Baltimore, MD. 
2016 Portraits, Roof Top Hot, Baltimore, MD. 
2015 Random Places, Hotel Brexton, Baltimore, MD. 
2014 Hieroglyphic Beginnings, Baltimore Threadquarters, Baltimore, MD. 
2010 The Last Tales of Society, Common Grounds, Baltimore, MD. 
2010 The Society, Yellow Dog, Baltimore, MD.
2008 The Fantastic World, Irvine Nature Ctr. Baltimore, MD.
 
Group Shows

2022 Imaginary Worlds, Gallery Blue Door, Baltimore, MD.

2021 Pop Up, MAXgallery, Baltimore, MD.

2021 First Friday, Baltimore Art Gallery, Baltimore, MD.

2021 Overlea Artsfest, Overlea, MD

2021 First Friday, Baltimore Art Gallery, Baltimore, MD.

2021 I Didn't Lick It, Bruton Museum/Bruton Correspondence School, Bruton, UK (March 2020/June 2021)

2021 Spring Showcase, Fox Building Gallery, Baltimore, MD.

2020 Katsea Gallery, Katsea Gallery, Towson, MD.

2020 Artist Showcase, Baltimore Art Gallery, Baltimore, MD.
2020 Call and Response, Collaborative work of Kristin Filler & Robert Hoffman, Fox Building Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2019 Baltimore Spectacle, Hancock Solar Gallery, Baltimore, MD.
2019 Diverse Fibers, MAXgallery, Baltimore, MD.
2019 Fiber Options, Columbia Art Center, Columbia, MD.
2019 Cathartic-Art that Heals, Atlas Fine Art, Baltimore, 
2018 Overlea Arts Fest, Overlea, MD.
2018 North by Northwest Hamilton Gallery, Baltimore, MD.
2018 Artist Meetup, Maxgallery, Baltimore, MD.
2017 Artist Meetup, Maxgallery, Baltimore, MD.
2017 Emergence II, Greenhouse Gallery, Baltimore, MD.
2017 Intersections, Gray Matter Art Space/K. Hamill Fine Art, Baltimore, MD.
2017 Artdromeda Pop-Up Art Show, Gallery 788, Baltimore, MD 
2017 100 Artists Show, Highlandtown Gallery, Baltimore, MD. 
2016 A Constellation of Artists Pop Up Art Show, Montgomery Park, Baltimore, MD. 
2016 Artdromeda + The Art Collective Pop Up Art Show, 
2016 Lowbrow Art Show, Gallery 788, Baltimore, MD. 
2016 Art For Life AIDS Benefit Art Show, Gallery 788, Baltimore, MD. 
2016 One A Day Exhibition, Gallery 788, Baltimore, MD. 
2016 10+1 Artist Invitation Exhibition, Gallery 788, Baltimore, MD. 
2015 13m All Male Exhibition, Gallery 788, Baltimore, MD. 
2015 Anything Goes Exhibition, Gallery 788, Baltimore, MD. 
2015 Queer Art Show Exhibition, Gallery 788, Baltimore, MD. 
2015 Gallery 788, Youth Empowered Society Silent Auction/Fundraiser Baltimore, MD. 
2015 Spring Into Art, Patterson Park Public Charter School, Baltimore, MD.
2015 Highlandtown Gallery 100 Artist Show, Baltimore, MD. 
2014 Highlandtown Arts District Show, Baltimore Threadquarters Baltimore MD.
2014 Mushroom City Arts Festival, Gallery 788 Baltimore, MD. 
2014 Little Havens Hospice Yarn Bomb Essex UK  (Participant/Guinness Book of World Records)
2014 The Salty Sheep Yarn Shop Yarn Bomb, Swansboro, NC.
2014 American Craft Council Convention, Baltimore, MD.
2014 Spring Into Art Patterson Park Public Charter School Baltimore, MD. 
2014 What the Night Brings Baltimore Threadquarters, Baltimore, MD.
2014 6x6x2014 Exhibition, Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo), Rochester, NY.
2014 Phone Booth yarn bombing, Highlandtown, Baltimore, MD.
2013 Phone Kiosk yarn bombing, Highlandtown, Baltimore, MD.
2013 Out of Order, Maryland Art Place (MAP), Baltimore MD.
2013 6x6x2013 Exhibition, Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo), Rochester, NY.
2013 4x6/6x4 Postcard Show, Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO.
2012 MDfME Benefit Show, Metro Gallery, Baltimore, MD.
2012 Artscape Group Show, Ottobar, Baltimore, MD. 
2012 6x6x2012 Exhibition, Rochester Contemporary Art Center / Ovation, Rochester, NY.
2011 A Taste of the Arts, The Stable Studios/Helping Hammer, Bloomington, IN.
2010 Art in Fusion, JSR Associates, Ellicott City, MD.
2009 On the Green, Irvine Nature Ctr., Owings Mills, MD.
2009 Out of Order, Maryland Art Place (MAP), Baltimore MD. 
2007 Senior Student Exhibition, Indiana-Purdue University School of VPA, Fort Wayne, IN.
2005 SGC Conference Exchange, Washington D.C.
2004 12 NCECA conference/IPFW Student Exhibition, Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IN
2004 IPFW Alumnae & Student Exhibition, FPC Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN
1998 Art for Sale Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN.
1994 Student Exhibition Vincennes University, Vincennes, IN.
1993 Student Exhibition Vincennes University, Vincennes, IN

 

Public Work

2017 This How I Build a Home (Performance), Living Stage Program, RL, Baltimore, MD.
2016 You Are So_______ collaborative installation with Uncustomary and Craftivism
2015 OTM (Old Town Mall) Yarn Bomb collaborative with Uncustomary
2014 American Craft Council Convention Yarn Bomb, Baltimore, MD.
2014 The Salty Sheep Yarn Shop Yarn Bomb, Swansboro, NC.
2014 Installation Baltimore City Mushroom Festival, Gallery 788, Baltimore, MD.
2014 Little Havens Hospice Yarn, Bomb Essex UK. (Guinness Book of World Records)
2014 The Salty Sheep Yarn Shop Yarn Bomb, Swansboro, NC.
2013-present Yarn Bombing Guerrilla Installations, Baltimore Metropolitan Area, MD.

 

Performance Art

2017 This is How I Build a Home, Living Stage, Hotel RL, Baltimore, MD 

 

Publication

2021 Creativity Connects, NAMI of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

2018 Baltimore LED sign, Baltimore MD.
2018 Baltimore United Viewfinders, Interviewed by Students for Educational purpose.
(Interviewed at Artist Meetup, Max Gallery, Baltimore, MD.
2017 K. Hamill Art & Design, Baltimore, MD.
2016 City Paper/The Map Issue, vol.40 no.26, June 29-July 6 2016
2013 Birchwood Design Group, internet issue/Article on yarn bombing. Dec 12, 2013