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Robin Strayhorn
Los Angeles, California

October 2009

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Robin Strayhorn was blessed with a childhood immersed in creativity,
inspired by innovative parents; her profoundly talented artist Mother and superbly gifted Father.
She began drawing as a youngster, developing her creative vocabulary at an early age.

Strayhorn migrated first to New York where she absorbed the city's immense & diverse
cultural landscapes and later settled in Los Angeles, California. While studying Political Science
at UCLA, she continually studied art and cultivated her innate artistic passion & talent.

The Southern California cultural mix introduced Strayhorn to a new world of creative expression
and after graduating from UCLA, she could no longer ignore the impulse to make art her focal point.
Through acrylic, oil, watercolor, printmaking, ceramics and collage, Strayhorn reveals the vitality
of her imagination. Strayhorn's signature is color, vibrant and animated.

A mystic broker of contrasting elements, Strayhorn skillfully mediates the uneasy alliance of
colors of disparate character and challenges the distinction between figurative and the abstract.
She began exhibiting her works in 1992 and commenced her first public art commission in 1997.
Strayhorn's works have been in film and television and are represented in public and private
collections in the USA, and around the globe.


University of California, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Arts Political Science, International Relations

Selected Exhibitions

2007    Seven, (Group Exhibition) 626 Art Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles

2006    The Blending of Cultures, The Consulate General of Mexico, Los Angeles

2006    (Group Exhibition) M.J. Higgins Fine Art, Los Angeles

2006    Black Masters Of The 21st Century, 626 Gallery, Los Angeles

2005    Robin Strayhorn: A Retrospective, Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, Los Angeles

2005   Heritage, Testimony & Spirit, Le Florence Gallery, Los Angeles

2004    Black (ab)Straction: Contemporary African American Abstract Art Tilford Art Group, Los Angeles

2004    Mirror Images: Reflections of Southern California Printmaking, Los Angeles World Airport, Los            Angeles

2004    Juneteenth Emancipation Group Exhibition, Lombardo Studios Los Angeles

2003    Shadow & Act, The Museum of African American Art, Los Angeles

2002    JVC Jazz Festival, H & M Gallery, New York City

2002    Kinds of Blue, Jefferson Park Studios, Los Angeles

2001    A Few Things To Say, Design Group, Long Beach

2001    Eye Speak, Los Angeles Southwest College, Los Angeles

2000    National Black Fine Art Exhibit, Mooboo Gallery, New York

1999    California Blend, Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona, CA

1999    Group Exhibition, Dell Pryor Gallery, Detroit, MI

1997    Art Expo, Jacob Javitz Center, New York City

1997    Bridges: 4 Women in Art, William Grant Still Arts Center, Los Angeles

1997    Los Angeles Juried Exhibition, William Grant Still Arts Center, Los Angeles

1996    Group Exhibition, University of California, Los Angeles

1996    Group Exhibition, Bridge Gallery, Los Angeles

1996    The Woman's Eye, Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, CA

1996    Out of Print: Monoprints, The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

1996    Group Exhibition, Jerry Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles

1996    Three Women's Perspectives, P.J. Herring Fine Art, Oakland, CA

1996    Reflections in African American Art, City of Brea Gallery, Brea, CA

1996    Rhapsody in Art, Spelman College Alumnae Association, Beverly Hills

1996    National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, Georgia

1995    Generations of Women, Third World Art Gallery, Los Angeles

1995    Africans in the Diaspora, California Sate University, Northridge

1995    Rhapsody in Art, Spelman College Alumnae Association, Los Angeles

1994    Four Divas and Europe, Art-N-Barbee, Los Angeles

1994    Out of Print: Monoprints, The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

1992    Group Exhibition, Art-N-Barbee, Los Angeles

Public Art Commissions

2009    Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Design & Fabrication Mosaic Tile Mural for Ted Watkins            Park Flag Pole, Los Angeles

2008    Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Design & Fabrication Tile Mural for Enterprise Park Pool            House, Los Angeles

2007    Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Design & Fabrication of Tile Mural for Ted Watkins            Park - Pool House Renovations, Los Angeles

2006-07  City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, Interior wall mural for Ascot Branch Public Library,               Los Angeles, CA

2006-07  Long Beach Transit Public Art Project, Bus Shelter (Artist team Michael Massenburg & Robin              Strayhorn), Long Beach, CA

2004    City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, Ceramic Tile Mosaic Mural, Hyde Park/Miriam            Matthews Branch Public Library, Los Angeles

2003    Vermont/Slauson Economic Development Corporation, Los Angeles, CA Collaboration with John            Muir Middle School students ounding the Gigante Shopping Center, Los Angeles

2002    Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Rosa Parks Blue Line Station / Ceramic tile & concrete public            seating, (Artist team Robin Strayhorn & Michael Massenburg), Los Angeles

1998    Ceramic Tile Mural, Ontario International Airport, Ontario, CA

1998    Terrazzo Floor, Ontario International Airport, Ontario, CA


2009    Channel 35, "At Your Library #7", October 2009

2007    LA Times Calendar, The Art of The Train: Six eye-opening reasons to park the car and ride the            Metro, March 29, 2007, page E29

2007    Los Angeles Sentinel, The Artistic Pursuits of Visual Artist Robin Strayhorn, February 1, 2007, page            B6

2007    Artist Selected for Ted Watkins and Enterprise Parks, Our Weekly, January 18, 2007

2006    House & Garden Magazine, Architecture, June 2006, page 111

2006    The public & private art of Robin Strayhorn, The Arts District Citizen: life, arts & artists in Downtown            Los Angeles, August 2006

2006    ArchNewsNow, Good Neighbor: Hyde Park Miriam Matthews Branch Library by Hodgetts + Fung            Design & Architecture, January 31, 2006

2005    All About Jazz, History of Jazz In L.A. Inspires Public Art By Teens, July 27, 2005

2004    LA Times Metro Section, LA Times, December 20, 2004

2002    LA Times Art Review, LA Times, September 18, 2002

2002    LA's Metro stations showcase new works, Artweek, November 2002, Volume 33, Issue 9

2002    MTA Continues Oft-Debated Program With Five New Installations, Los Angeles Downtown News,            September 23, 2002

1997    Robin Strayhorn: Emerging Artist poised for Success, Images: The Business Guide to Ethnic Art,            May/June 1997

1996    Culver City Star, January 31, 1996, Vol.78 No. 12, page 1