Robert Mangold is a printmaker and painter from North Tonawanda, NY. He first started his art education at the Cleveland Institute of Art. After a few years there, he transferred to Yale University, New Haven, receiving both his BFA and MFA. After receiving his education, he moved to New York City where he worked as a guard at the Museum of Modern Art. In 1964 Mangold had his first one-person show in New York. After this he continued to have solo and group exhibits nationally.
“Robert Mangold’s paintings,” wrote Michael Kimmelman in the New York Times in 1997, “are more complicated to describe than they seem, which is partly what’s good about them: the way they invite intense scrutiny, which, in the nature of good art, is its own reward.” His works are comprised often of simple elements which are put together through complex means. Mangold's work challenges the typical connotations of what a painting is or could be, and his works often appear as objects rather than images. Elements refer often to architectural elements or have the feeling of an architect's hands. He almost always works in extensive series, often carried through both paintings and works on paper.