Until the age of fourteen, Robert Curtis lived on a ranch in northern California where his father had to build by hand everything that needed to be built; from his father, Robert learned not only manual skills and self-confidence in tackling tough jobs, but also a veneration for the role that building plays in human experience.
After teenage and college years in Arizona, Curtis came to Milwaukee in 1972 and found himself for the first time in an urban and industrialized milieu. If it was a shock, it was a good shock. It clarified for him that his sculptural drive is motivated by buildings. Constantly aware of the structures surrounding him--old stone mansions holding tenaciously in the shadows of steel girders, crumbling brick sheds, windowless concrete hulks and glass shafts--he marveled that most people simply take the birth and death of buildings for granted.
Wisconsin Academy Review - March 1985
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, M.Arch, 1986
Arizona State University, M.F.A., 1972
University of Arizona, B.F.A., 1970