Robert Lucy was born in 1965 in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, where he attended the John Burroughs School and later began as an undergraduate at Northwestern University in Chicago, where he studied with Ed Paschke. These and other encounters led to his decision to become an artist. After two years at Northwestern, he transferred to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received his Bachelor’s (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA).

While in school, and for the ten years after when he continued to live in Chicago, Lucy was privileged to be part of an artistic circle orbiting the collector, critic, and art historian Dennis Adrian and his partner Richard Born, longtime curator of The David and Alfred Smart Museum at The University of Chicago.

Dennis [Adrian] before a La Mantia, 1995

Dennis Before a Lamantia

The connection to these two iconic figures in the Chicago art scene allowed him access to many of the great collections, collectors and artists in Chicago. He was deeply influenced by Outsider Art, the Imagists and the transgressive art collective, The Hairy Who, as well as the figurative painters who were emerging at that time.

Lucy spent ten summers on the Oregon Coast where he created a large body of landscape paintings painted en plein air.

Robert Lucy

Bobby Lucy

Lyre Tree, 1994

Lyre Tree