Robert E. Kuhn was born in 1917 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He attended the Chicago Art Institute and was a WPA artist.
Kuhn moved in the early 1950s to Mexico where he learned the art of steel welding and fabrication – a medium that would become the basis for many of his sculptural pieces. In the late 50’s he had moved to Washington, D.C. where he developed a following of entertainers, businessmen, and other prominent Washingtonians who admired and collected his artwork.
In 1966 Kuhn left Washington and moved to an old mountaintop church in Virginia where he devoted his time to his art without the distraction of the Washington market. Among his faithful Washington clients, real estate tycoon and philanthropist Robert Kogod helicoptered to the remotely located church to attend a reception. Kuhn produced figurative sculptures and abstract expressionist paintings in the Shenandoah mountains for the remainder of his life.
Kuhn’s work has been sold in the U.S. in galleries in Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco and the sculpture work was shown in the well known J. Peterman catalog in 2002, two years after the artist’s death. The Swann Street Gallery shows exclusively Robert E. Kuhn’s artwork, some of it dating back to the late thirties.