Although he has been passionate about painting or drawing since he was a child, Robert Dec received his BFA from UMass Dartmouth in 1975 and MFA from Columbia University school of the arts in 1977. In both schools he concentrated on painting drawing, printmaking and photography. Robert has exhibited in art galleries and museums from New York City to throughout New England since 1975 and his work has been accepted to numerous juried group exhibitions, winning prizes in several of those shows. Robert's work has also been shown in several one person, two person and three person exhibitions as well. Robert has also been an accomplished art teacher, being a visiting lecturer at Westfield State University, Baypath community college, UMass Amherst Credit Free Workshops, as well as teaching classes at the Springfield and Worcester Art museums. He just retired this year as Chair of the Visual Arts department at the Bancroft school in Worcester, MA (after teaching art and photography there for 34 years) to concentrate more time on his art and his music. Robert has been in several classic rock bands, and for the last seven years he has been the keyboard player and band leader of the Petty Larceny Band, a Tom Petty tribute out of Worcester, MA
Robert has experimented with a variety of styles of painting throughout the years ranging from very realistic, to abstracted, to completely abstract with much of the inspired by a landscape motif. Recent explorations, however, are still being influenced by nature and the landscape of the natural world but conveyed in a more expressive and abstract manner. Where there is Earth there is often fire, much of the time being man-made. Roberts latest Acrylic Collage work is a commentary on newspaper and magazine headlines and photographs of current events, environmental concerns, influential musicians and an increasing awareness of the political fire storms currently sweeping our nation and their relation to the past political firestorms of nearly every presidential administration since Dwight Eisenhower. Robert's work has always been about expressing feelings about the natural world, but it is currently evolving more into the relation of himself and of mankind with that world.