Robert Smiljcic is a Croatian refugee who came to America by way of Germany in 1999, later being naturalized in 2012 as a American Citizen. Born to two deaf parents, Robert began to build his own visual language at a young age- seeing and understanding the unspoken. He started in street art and matured to fine art and jewelry making. Robert’s inspiration started with a desire to fill all his walls with beautiful paintings. Robert spent most of his adolescence in the inner city of Dallas. He feels at home in the metroplex, but went to college at Oklahoma State University and studied in Zagreb, Croatia.
Robert’s art ultimately aims to reflect [U]. a symbol that reflects the word “you” in which he strives to showcase how “you” and “me” come together to make “us”. An intuitive statement and a play on words. He desires [U] to understand different view points and perspectives. His art is layered in forms and multiple definitions. He reflects important ideologies, cultures, and histories from all sides in order to encourage people to better understand each other.
Robert has recently published a book titled “An Aura of [U]topia”