Robert E Gigliotti

Robert E. Gigliotti was born in Utah in 1947 as the second of 5 children. His father was Italian and his mother was Scot/Irish from the deep south. This was an interesting cultural mix for a boy growing up in a mountain state. He went to parochial school where the only path was college prep. In 1965 he headed off to the University of San Francisco for undergraduate studies, not having a clue what to take. After changing his major several times Robert ended up with a BA in sociology. What do you do with a degree in sociology? You go to graduate school. So Robert drifted off to the University of Victoria to work on a masters degree. Deep inside he “knew” that he wanted to create but didn’t know what or how. Somehow Robert latched onto photography and decided to quit grad school in favor of art school. He went to Oregon State University to study photography and, with great trepidation, took a bronze sculpture class as an elective. He fell in love with it. He had found his path to creativity. The following year Robert transferred to the University of Oregon where, in 1976, he earned a masters degree in art education. He has been sculpting ever since and loves to create figurative bronzes with symbolic twists and turns. His art derives a lot of inspiration from mythology and various spiritual paths. He refers to some of his newest work as “visual koan,” borrowing a word from Zen practice.

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