Robert Paul Saphier - U.S.A.




'Willing Subject', egg tempera on panel, 46 x 44 cm. or 17.8 x 17.1 in.


Robert Paul Saphier, a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, has a B.F.A. from Syracuse University and an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University. He works in a variety of mediums including egg tempera, watercolor, acrylic, pencil and pastel.  He finds the discipline of egg tempera particularly satisfying because of its resonant luminosity, subtle layering of form and color and a precision and delicacy unique to the medium.

The organizing principle, the undercurrent of his work, derives from his use of the Golden Ratio.  Based upon a certain numerical ratio--and by implication certain rhythms--it establishes a harmony of both visual intuition and mathematical logic.

His subject matter ranges from landscape and seascape to interior/exterior window views and geometry.  The implications and varied possibilities of the Golden Ratio find expression within all these approaches.

 Robert Saphier's work has been exhibited in group- and one-person shows, including the Woodmere Museum in Philadelphia, the Cigna Corporation Gallery (Philadelphia) and the Indigo Gallery in Boca Raton, Florida.  In 1996 one of his paintings was selected for the Art in Embassies Program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department.

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Selection of the most important personal exhibitions:

1996    Winged Bull Gallery, Clayton, NY

1995    Medici Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1992    Art Sphere, New York, NY

1990    Mountaintop Gallery, Windham, NY

1985    'Tonawandas' Council of the Arts, Tonawanda, NY

Number of group participations:  30