Born in Houston in 1975, Robert A. Pruitt received a BA. from Texas Southern University (2000) in Studio Art and an MFA from The University of Texas in Austin(2003) with a concentration in Painting. He has exhibited his work locally, nationally and internationally most notably at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Dallas Museum of Art, The Bronx Museum of Art, the 2006 Whitney Biennial, and the Studio Museum of Harlem. He has participated in influential residencies such as Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ArtPace, Fabric Workshop Museum, and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. He has received numerous awards including the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, The Joan Mitchell Artist Grant, The Artadia Award, a project grant from the Creative Capital Foundation and the William H. Johnson award. Pruitt works in a variety of materials but his practice is largely centered on rendering portraits of the human body, specifically the black body. He projects onto these bodies a juxtaposing series of experiences and material references, denoting a diverse and radical black past, present and future. Pruitt is currently living and working in New York City.