Rob Grad

ROb Grad

Artist bio

Rob began his career as a musician. He started writing songs to cope with his parents’ divorce at age 16 and was signed to RCA Records before his 21st birthday. He wound up on a wild ride of making albums, videos, touring and appearing on MTV. During days off on tour, while his bandmates were sightseeing or at local malls, he visited museums.

His interest in visual art grew, and in 2010, Rob created his first solo show which featured images he shot during his travels, layers of plexiglass, and other materials. Since then, his work has become more complex and sculptural, combining multiple shapes, layers and images, with his abstract paintings and words.

Rob has shown during Art Basel, Switzerland, SCOPE Miami, and the LA Art Show. He exhibits internationally, and his work hangs in the San Francisco Airport, The Avedis Zildjian Company in Boston, and the Griffin Club in Los Angeles among others. He is currently working on two large scale commission projects that will be installed in the Fall of 2019, and recently completed a video project for TikTok China.

Rob gave a TEDx Talk in Culver City, CA about authenticity in art and following the internal muse. He also writes a blog about his art practice called The Creativesphere, and speaks to students in schools about the importance of learning to think creatively not only in making art, but how it relates to solving problems in today’s culture and society.