When Robert Tanenbaum entered Washington University in St. Louis, he had no prior art training. As a freshman he was awarded first place in the all college portrait competition.
Tanenbaum is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society; one of 22 members out of 1300 members to be nationally certified by The American Portrait Society; one of only 350 that has been elected as an Artist member of the California Art Club and an artist member of National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic.
Tanenbaum is fulfilling a lifelong dream of painting for galleries, his painting include, Native Americans , working cowboys, portraits and contemporary subjects. All of his gallery painting are now executed in oil on linen. He is currently showing his work in galleries in Sedona, Arizona; New York, New York; and Fairview, New Jersey. Recently he was greatly honored when he was made a blood brother of the Cherokee Nation.
A partial list of his corporate portraits include the previous three CEO’s of United Parcel Service (UPS), two for Texaco Oil, nine for Southern California Edison; six of which were posthumous, also a life-size full length posthumous painting of Howard Hughes for Hughes Aircraft, Wout van Bavel of Holland, Gary Jordan on his horse ‘Socks’ in front of Pikes Peak, Colorado, Don Raich with his 1963 Rolls Royce, F. Katiyama, past president of Nissan Motors USA, Frederick R. Weisman for the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation and authors Will and Ariel Durant. The computer magazine Reseller News commissioned Tanenbaum to paint portraits for articles of the top 25 Internet executives. The John Wayne family and The Franklin Mint commissioned Tanenbaum to paint 24 portraits of JW’s life. He has also painted many portraits of women, children and other clients with their horses.
Tanenbaum has executed numerous portraits for the movie industry and has been commissioned to do over 200 paintings of famous sports figures in Nascar, baseball, basketball, football, hockey and horse racing. For sports art he is represented by Quality Collectibles.
In the spring of 2001 American Artist’s Water Color magazine had an article depicting 16 of his casein painting. In 2002 International Artist Magazine had a ten page article on his color sketches and oil paintings. One of Tanenbaum’s paintings was used as example in Shiva Casein magazine ads and another for their color chart cover. Another of his oil paintings was used in Jack Richeson’s and Company ad for his Yarka canvas.
Los Angeles Magazine 1983
Sports Impression 1993
The Collectors Line 1994
4 Tiempos (and cover art) 1994
Focus/Santa Fe 1998
Legends Sport Memorabilia 1998/1999/2001
The Art Book/Arizona 2000
Portrait Society of America 2000
Water Color, Spring issue (American Artist) 2001
International Artists 2002 (October/November)
Indian Gaming Magazine 2002 (MAY issue/ cover art)
Western Horseman 2003 (June)
Artist Magazine 2004 (February )
Sedona Monthly 2006 (March)
Art & Living 2006 (June)
JURIED SHOWS 9(999( 9ow's 2002
Audubon Artist ( of New York ) 2000
National Show, Oil Painters of America 2000
Gold Medal Show, California Art Club, 2000
Regional Show, Oil Painters of America, 2001
Cattleman's western Art Show, 2001
Gold Medal Show, California Art Club, 2001
Peppertree Show, 2001
National Show, Oil Painters of America, 2002
Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art (Salon International) 2002
Cattleman's Western Art Show, 2002
Peppertree Show, 2002
Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art (Salon International) 2003
On Location In Malibu (California Art Club) 2003
Casein Art Competition ( Honorable Mention) 2003
Gold Medal Show, California Art Club, 2003
National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, Nov. 2003
(The Joseph A. Cain Memorial Award)
National Exhibits Foundation, 2005
Gold Metal Show, (California Art Club) 2006