One of Robert Swedroe's most ambitious designs to date is the 8 ft. by 10 ft. collage installation he created for the Sagamore Hotel in South Beach. During the past fifteen years the Sagamore, known as The Art Hotel, has gathered seminal works by some of the most important figures of the past century. Comprised of a collection of twelve individual, thematically integrated collages, the assemblage was installed into a large niche carved in a section of the hotel lobby floor in time for the
opening of Art Basel, 2007.
Within a year after Robert Swedroe returned to collage-making, nine of his works were sold to various art collectors. Most sold in the $5,000 - $15,000 range. Four collages were also delivered to Itchko Ezratti, a prominent international collector pictured below with Mr. Swedroe. His purchase included the award-winning
42" x 32" collage, "Boys in the Band," which was hung next to a popular work by Jean Dubuffet.
"Boys in the Band" earned a newly created award in the Miami Chapter of the American Institute of Architects' juried exhibition named "Art by Architects." The AIA recognized Mr. Swedroe for his "artistic talents and sensitivity in producing outstanding work."
Cyber Series Collage
Contessa Gallery: March 12 – May 2
Opening receptions will be held at our Legacy Village location on Friday, March
12 and Saturday, March 13 from 6 pm until 9 pm. The artist will give a gallery
talk at 7:30 pm each evening. Please R.S.V.P. at 216.382.7800 if you plan to attend.
Cleveland, Ohio - Contessa Gallery is
proud to showcase an exhibition of
narrative assemblage and cyber series
collage works by acclaimed American
artist and world-renowned architect
Robert Swedroe at its Legacy Village
His storytelling creations
and recent "hi-tech" works
express the artist's profound passion
for art through blazing color, clean lines, use of
intricate geometry and the unique use of structure. His
collages have been called "poetry in
motion and color."
Robert Swedroe, Paragon in Red, Mixed Media
Collage as an art form initially surfaced in the works of the Cubists Georges Braque and
Pablo Picasso, and since then has played a vital role in almost every phase of Modernism.
Collage allows the artist to simultaneously explore the mysterious space between high art
and popular culture, text and image, figuration and abstraction, past and present, as well as
two and three-dimensional elements. By incorporating materials that are inextricably linked
to the realities of daily life, the artist identifies the clear and instant connection between
viewer and work of art.
It is this immediacy that initially attracted Robert Swedroe to the art of collage. Born in
1934, he began creating art in 1962 while working as a young architect (he holds a Bachelor
of Arts in Architecture from Carnegie Institute of Technology and a Masters in Architecture
from Yale University). What started as a hobby soon brought Swedroe recognition by the art
world and consequently, twelve one-man exhibitions in galleries nationwide. The success of
these sold-out shows and his passion for the medium propelled Swedroe to continue to
create collages until he launched his own architecture firm in 1973. After more than 30 years
of innovating in architecture, his many significant contributions to the profession
are recognized worldwide. In 2006, with his architectural legacy secured, he began to
develop a new body of work that pushed the boundaries and possibilities of his earlier collages.
Supported by the wisdom and experience of his past and reinvigorated with a modern
spirit and outlook for the future, this artist/ architect has broken new ground and produced his
best work yet.
Robert Swedroe, Rainy Reprise, Mixed Media
The exhibition at Contessa Gallery will explore the two distinct styles of Swedroe's art: a
metamorphosis of the earlier narrative assemblages and the recently developed geometric "cyber
creations" with references to subjects such as astronomy and technology. His architectural foundation
and sense of design make it possible for him to put together such diverse materials as small moving
mechanisms, shreds of fabric, semi-precious stones, metal samples and glass objects. Together they
make intricate conglomerations organized into wide-ranging themes.
Swedroe's latest works have culminated in an entirely new series of multimedia constructions
that challenge the boundaries between two and three dimensions. They incorporate computer-
generated elements, monochromatic fields, and a bolder, crisper arrangement of sumptuous, colorful
imagery. As many as 200 elements are organized into compositions that often references cityscapes and skyscrapers.
Once completed, the cyber piece is finished with multiple coats of resin.
Robert Swedroe's passion for both art and architecture are profoundly evident in his works. His designs
evolve with the passage of time and reflect the growth and maturation of both society and himself.
To arrange media interviews with Robert Swedroe, please contact
Steve Hartman, 216.956.2825
The images from the exhibition will soon be available on our website
Contessa Gallery | 24667 Cedar Road | Cleveland | OH | 44124
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Miami Herald, Living & Arts, 2002
Architect's picture book is a work of art.
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Miami Herald, Home & Design, 2004
Robert Swedroe wanted to be a baseball player, but his talent
For art and drafting pushed him in a different direction.
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Miami Herald, Talk of our Town, 2007
A fab February for Robert Swedroe, architect and collage artist. After
a 33-year hiatus from collage work, he’s back at it.
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Architectural Digest, February, 2007
"A Surfside Serenade" Four years ago Swedroe set about the complex task of modernizing and
restoring his art deco Biscaya house.
Florida Trend Magazine, 2007
Architect Robert Swedroe focuses on low and midrise designs.
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Florida International Magazine, November, 2008
The Artist's Showcase names Swedroe an artist "putting Florida on the international art map."
Miami ARTzine Magazine, 2008
The artist is interviewed for his contributions to the Miami arts scene.
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ARTnews Magazine, June 2010
ARTnews showcases Paragon in Blue, and discusses Swedroe's "invigorating" style.
American Institute of Architects, June 2010
Swedroe's Kaleidoscopic Refrain honored in "most distinguished works of art" category.