Robert Abele was born in Bronxville, New York in 1969. From an early age Robert had great interest in recording the world around him through drawings and paintings. While earning his BFA at The School of Visual Arts in New York City during the early 1990’s his art was influenced by the Ashcan School and American Impressionists. Many of these artists took refuge from the summer heat in the city and flocked to Provincetown where, in 1898, Charles Webster Hawthorne founded the Cape Cod School of Art. Robert began to make the same summer pilgrimage in 1987 every year until moving to Massachusetts with his wife and two children in 2011 to paint the landscapes and special light of the Outer Cape.
Before leaving New York, Robert studied at the prestigious Art Students League for 10 years focusing on fundamentals and anatomy. In 2016 Robert entered graduate school at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth College of Art and Design receiving his MFA in painting in 2018.
Robert’s work has been exhibited nationally and regionally at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, the Osilas Gallery Concordia College and the New Bedford Art Museum. Robert continues to focus his work on recording the landscape of New England following the rich tradition of the American Impressionists who walked before him.