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Donald Calvin Robertson

(1925-1984)

Painter Donald Robertson was born in Springfield, Illinois in 1925. He obtained his BFA from John Herron Art Institute in 1952 and his MFA from the University of Illinois in 1955. Known for his optical paintings, he has studied under Joseph Albers, the father of optical art. His work consists of geometric shapes with progressive beams of color that radiate from a center, that give a phosphorescent  like effect and make the shapes almost seem to pulsate or move inside each other. Robertson has also served as Chairman of the Department of Art at the University at Buffalo, and taught painting and printmaking.  His work has been exhibited throughout the country, and surrounding area including the Albright Knox, the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, the Everson Museum in Syracuse, and Roberson Center for Arts and Sciences in Binghamton.