Rob Wareing

Oils, Pastels
International portrait artist

Rob has been a professional portrait painter for nearly 40 years. He studied art and painting techniques under various well-known artists in Europe and the USA including master pastelist Daniel Greene, John Howard Sanden & Bob Gerbracht . In 1982 Rob became a member of the portrait institute of New York and attended an international portrait seminar in the USA where his pastel works received special mention. In 1983 Rob settled on the South Coast of Natal, South Africa where he purchased an art gallery through which he exhibited his work and executed portrait commissions during the next few years. His clients included members of parliament, mayors, TV personalities and prominent business people. He also had 2 sell-out one-man exhibitions during this period and several of his paintings were published as prints and distributed internationally. Rob exhibited regularly in Gaborone, Botswana where he received numerous commissions for portraits, including the State President, attorney general , diplomats and prominent business people. In 1997 Rob exhibited in Mauritius where he was featured in a magazine programme on TV and received several portrait commissions .

During the period 1998 to 2003 Rob exhibited regularly in Santa Maria, California, USA and received numerous commissions there as well as holding art workshops for other artists , and taking part in their local “quick-draw” art competition. He was represented in California by the David Ryan Gallery. He has also appeared on Santa Barbara TV where he gave a live portrait demonstration. He has also completed a portrait of former president Nelson Mandela for the municipal art gallery, Margate , KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

Rob has become highly respected as a demonstrator and has conducted artist workshops in South Africa, Botswana, Mauritius, USA and the UK. Rob’s range of portrait painting videos have become top-selling art instruction DVDs across the UK , Europe & the USA & his latest DVD set “Capturing A Likeness” has been critically acclaimed by art magazines in the UK & abroad . Rob also writes articles for various art publications including leading UK art magazine “The Artist”. Keeping up with the times Rob also has a following on YouTube where he regularly posts video clips and answers queries from aspiring artists around the globe.

Rob's figurative paintings have become increasingly in demand and are collected by art buyers internationally. His last exhibition in South Africa was a sell-out with most of his works selling at the preview. He still however spends the major part of his painting time doing what he does best – painting portraits of people and he always has a portrait commission either in progress or in the planning stages.

Rob currently spends summer touring, giving demonstrations and hosting art instruction workshops across the UK. In winter he returns to his purpose- built studio in South Africa overlooking the Indian Ocean . There he gains the inspiration for most of the works seen on exhibition and in his prints and cards. Rob is currently represented in South Africa by the “Artists’ Gallery” Ramsgate, KwaZulu Natal.