Robert Pruitt is an artist living and working in Houston TX. He makes drawings and sculptures about the complexity of black identity by combining contrasting signs and imagery of disparate black influences and aesthetics. He combines Science Fiction, Hip-Hop, comic books, and black political and social struggles into layered portraits of his friends and community.
Robert Pruitt received his BFA from Texas Southern University and MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to his solo work, Pruitt is a founding member of the artist collective Otabenga Jones & Associates. He has exhibited his work at venues including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Studio Museum Harlem; the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; the Dallas Museum of Art and he was a participating artist in the 2006 Whitney Biennial and SITE Santa Fe 2010. Pruitt received the Artadia Artist Award in 2004 and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation award in 2008.