Robert Pruitt was born in 1975 in Houston Texas. He received his BFA from Texas Southern University (2000) and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin(2003). He is a founding member of the Houston artist collective Otabenga Jones & Associates. He has had solo exhibitions at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design; The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, PA; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX; McKinney Art Center, Dallas, TX; The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA; University of Texas, Arlington, TX(2016); Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN(2016); Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, KS(2017) & most recent at California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA(2018).
Pruitt was a participating artist in the 2006 Whitney Biennial and the 2010 SITE Santa Fe Biennial, which traveled to MoMA PS1 in New York. He is a recipient of the Artadia Artist Award, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation award and Joan Mitchell Foundation award (2013). Pruitt recently was awarded residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts(2015) and the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, LA(2016) & the Rubell Family Collection/ Contemporary Art Foundation(2019/2020).
Pruitt’s work is in the collections of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC; The Studio Museum of Harlem; Dallas Museum of Art; University Museum of Texas Southern University in Houston; The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston; and most recently Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas(2016); Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Massachusetts(2016); US Embassy in Zimbabwe; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York(2016); Minneapolis Institute of Art(2019); Portland Art Museum(2019); the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston(2020), the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin(2020); the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles(2021) and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art(2021), Fort Worth, TX.