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."

Robert Swedroe:

Narrative Asemblage
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 location.

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     email
Contessa Gallery | 24667 Cedar Road | Cleveland | OH | 44124


Published Articles

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, hes 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.

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American Institute of Architects, June 2010
Swedroe's Kaleidoscopic Refrain honored in "most distinguished works of art" category.

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