Rob Moler earned his MFA in painting in 1989 and his MSW in social work in 2013. A native Virginian, the artist has lived in Kentucky for over 25 years. Rob made the move to Memphis, Tennessee in February, 2016 to join his partner, Cecil. Rob is the father of three grown children and recently welcomed a new grandson into the family.
Rob has taught visual art on the private school and college levels, has managed and operated a college gallery, and directed his own gallery for many years which showcased the works of Kentucky artists and craftsmen. While his gallery was in operation, Rob organized over 50 regional, national and international art exhibitions for the central Kentucky region. The artist’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has been included in both university and private collections. The artist is currently seeking out-of-state gallery representation.
Like a mirror held to one’s face, my male figurative work reflects the struggle between human aspiration and the transitory nature of human existence. My themes include the sensuality of the flesh, the pain of broken relationships, the injustices of homophobia, the hypocrisy within the Christian tradition, and the shallow world view often reflected within the gay youth culture. Like the artisans of antiquity, I have chosen the autonomous male nude to express the collective human condition, an ideal image projected throughout the ages but never quite realized. It is within his ‘vulnerable virility’ that we make our own cognitive connections with the inevitable process of aging, dying and death. I usually incorporate some sort of mask or substitute an object to cover the face of the subject to lift him onto a symbolically higher level of self-awareness and consciousness. By masking the figure, the internal male psyche rather than the individual physical portrait is emphasized which brings further content to the painting.
I am drawn to surrealism as it depicts a world where time is meaningless and gravity does not rule. In my surreal compositions, objects are possessed by the spirits of positive and negative emotions or are carried by my little hummingbird messengers to add further depth to the visual story. Hopefully my work will connect emotionally with viewers, encouraging them to unmask these objects to discover their spiritual core and find personal meaning within.
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