Born in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago and raised in its rich cultural milieu,   light, color, and movement are deeply embedded in Robert V. Reid’s collective unconscious. With graphite, charcoals, watercolor and oils, Reid uses these elements to create emotive rendering sof the human form.

Reid’s   creative journey began in Trinidad where he was introduced to a number of significant Caribbean artists who mentored him and nurtured his natural, untrained talent.    Over a 16 year career, Reid’s work has changed to mirror his journey from the Caribbean to New York City. He arrived in New York, as a trained architectural draftsman, with a passion for painting and an urge to record, invent and manipulate the human image using raw talent.  His immersion into the New York art scene led him to study at the School of Visual Arts and the Arts Students League, where he developed new techniques and sharpened his technical skills.

 Reid has since created a body of work that reveals and an impressive range of skills- works ranging from detailed- styled figurative realism rendered in oils, to stunning watercolors that blur the line between figurative and abstract paintings,   to drawings in charcoal and pencil that demonstrate sound   draughtsmanship.

Reid’s figure paintings are characterized by the absence of a background, his focus is not on the space that the figures inhabit, but on the figures themselves; thereby empowering the viewer to imagine a space of their choice and to create their own answers as  to why the figures are there.

The female figure has been one of the important subjects of painting, and has been reinterpreted by painters in various styles throughout history; Reid joins this legion of painters with his favorite subject being  the female form,  painted  from live models. 




 2008 - 2011    Art Students League, New York, NY                 1990 – 1994   Art Students League, New York, NY

 1989 - 1990    School of Visual Arts 






2015                Red, Clover's Fine Art Gallery


2011                Harlem Fine Arts Show, Riverside Church,

                       New York

2005 - 2008     Art Off The Main, ContemporaryAfrican,                                  Caribbean and Latin American Art,                                        Metropolitan Pavilion, New York

1997                Life Dance , New Century Artist                                              Gallery,New York




 2017-2018       Iggy Pop  " Life Class "     Royal Academy of Arts     London


2016                Iggy Pop  " Life Class "     Brooklyn Museum  New York 


2015                To Be Real, Dorsey Art Gallery, Brooklyn NY


2013                Contemporary Art Fair, Jacob Javits                                        Convention Center New York


2011                Transplanted, Clover's Fine Art Gallery,                                  Brooklyn New York


2009                Dance on Canvas, Manahattan Borough                                  President's Office, NY


2007                Caribbean American Heritage Exhibition

                       Kings County Hospital Center D


2005                A Gathering of Friends, Gallery 64 Brooklyn,NY


2002                Black Romantic, the Studio Museum in                                    Harlem, New York





2008-2009       Financial Scholarship Awards – Art Students                            League of New York

2008                Jean Gates Award

2004                Valentine New York , 1st Annual Fine Art                                Awards – Winner in Watercolors and Drawings

2003                Art Review – New York Daily News




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