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Robert Kobayashi, Bobby Chung's Sister, Sin Moi, 2009, Ceiling tin, paint, nails on wood, 20 x 16 x 6 in.

Robert Kobayashi, Bobby Chung's Sister, Sin Moi, 2009, Ceiling tin, paint, nails on wood, 20 x 16 x 6 in.

Robert Kobayashi, WIld Flowers Gathered Along Route 80, 2009, Ceiling tin, paint, nails on wood, 23 x 29 in.

Robert Kobayashi, WIld Flowers Gathered Along Route 80, 2009, Ceiling tin, paint, nails on wood, 23 x 29 in.

Robert Kobayashi, Flowers from the Rust Belt, 2002, Ceiling tin, paint, nails on wood, 17 x 28 in.

Robert Kobayashi, Flowers from the Rust Belt, 2002, Ceiling tin, paint, nails on wood, 17 x 28 in.

Robert Kobayashi, Flowers Seeking Attention, 2002, Ceiling tin, paint, nails on wood, 20 x 23 in.

Robert Kobayashi, Flowers Seeking Attention, 2002, Ceiling tin, paint, nails on wood, 20 x 23 in.

Robert Kobayashi, Red Wall, 1997, Ceiling tin, paint, nails on wood, 16 x 18 x 1 1/2 in.

Robert Kobayashi, Red Wall, 1997, Ceiling tin, paint, nails on wood, 16 x 18 x 1 1/2 in.

Robert Kobayashi, Black Nude, 1999, Ceiling tin, paint, nails on wood, 22 x 25 x 2 1/2 in.

Robert Kobayashi, Black Nude, 1999, Ceiling tin, paint, nails on wood, 22 x 25 x 2 1/2 in.

Robert Kobayashi, Glass Cup, 1998, Ceiling tin, paint, nails on wood, 22 x 26 x 2 1/2 in.

Robert Kobayashi, Glass Cup, 1998, Ceiling tin, paint, nails on wood, 22 x 26 x 2 1/2 in.

Robert Kobayashi, Tablescape #2, 1999, Ceiling tin, paint, nails on wood, 16 1/2 x 18 x 2 in.

Robert Kobayashi, Tablescape #2, 1999, Ceiling tin, paint, nails on wood, 16 1/2 x 18 x 2 in.

Robert Kobayashi, Eastern Standard Time, Vermont, 2001, Ceiling tin, paint, nails on wood, 27 x 32 x 2 1/2 in.

Robert Kobayashi, Eastern Standard Time, Vermont, 2001, Ceiling tin, paint, nails on wood, 27 x 32 x 2 1/2 in.

Robert Kobayashi, Summer Window, 2010, Ceiling tin, paint, nails on wood, 20 1/2 x 21 1/2 x 2 in.

Robert Kobayashi, Summer Window, 2010, Ceiling tin, paint, nails on wood, 20 1/2 x 21 1/2 x 2 in.

Robert Kobayashi, Yellow Room, 2011, Ceiling tin, paint, nails on wood, 24 x 24 x 1 1/4 in.

Robert Kobayashi, Yellow Room, 2011, Ceiling tin, paint, nails on wood, 24 x 24 x 1 1/4 in.

Robert Kobayashi, White on White, 2012, Ceiling tin, paint, nails on wood, 36 x 24 x 1 in.

Robert Kobayashi, White on White, 2012, Ceiling tin, paint, nails on wood, 36 x 24 x 1 in.

Robert Kobayashi

Born in Honolulu, HI, 1925
Honolulu School of Art, Honolulu, HI, 1946-1948
Brooklyn Museum School of Art, Brooklyn, NY, 1950-1951
Died in Honolulu, HI, 2015

ROBERT KOBAYASHI (1925-2015) traveled to New York City from Hawaii following WWII to study at the Brooklyn Museum School. After exhibiting with the AbEx artists at the Camino and Brata galleries, Kobayashi stepped away to explore materials and techniques informed by his personal history and immediate surroundings. In 1978, the artist purchased a building in Little Italy, transforming the former butcher shop, Moe’s Meat Market, into a studio/gallery. There, Kobayashi drew his creative energy and materials from the neighborhood, exhibiting a mixed media style dubbed “clouage,” composed of repurposed ceiling tin and metal cans. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NYC; the Brooklyn Museum; and the Honolulu Museum of Art, among others.

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