Biography

Robert K. Carsten, studied at the Art Students League of New York, is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and was a Rotary Technical Scholar to the Academia di Belle Arti in Carrara, Italy. Robert works in the mediums of pastel, oil and acrylic. He is an advisory board member and signature member of the Pastel Society of America, past editor of PSA’s Pastelagram and annual exhibition catalog, and is a contributing writer to Pastel Journal; The Artist’s Magazine; PleinAir Magazine; and Watercolor artist. Robert is a master pastelist in the Pastel Society of America, a Master Circle Pastelist in the International Association of Pastel Societies, and lifetime honorary member of the Southwest Florida Pastel Society. His works have won numerous awards including Best of Shows at national exhibitions. Robert is a national and regional exhibitions juror and awards judge and a workshop instructor, internationally. He was invited as one of four artists to teach pastel painting to 100 teachers in China in spring, 2016 and exhibited in the 2nd international Biennial Exhibition of Pastel in Suzhou, China. His paintings have been shown in many museums and galleries including the Butler Institute of American Art, the Bennington Museum, the Mattatuck Museum, the D’Amore Museum, the Noyes Museum, the National Arts Club, and are collected worldwide. His work was selected to be part of the Butler Institute of American Art’s exhibition The Pastel Society of America at Forty/ In Honor of Flora Giffuni in 2013 and the Third Pastel Invitational Exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan. His art has been featured in The Artist’s Magazine; Pastel Journal; American Artist’s Workshop magazine; American Art Review; Strokes of Genius/The Best of Drawing as well as in Pure Color/The Best of Pastel; Best of America Pastel Book; Finding Your Style in Pastel; Fine Art Tips, Painting Techniques and Professional Advice; Richeson 100 (cover image); Acrylic Works 4, and more.