A native of Detroit, Michigan, Robert attended the University of Michigan, majoring in dramatic literature. He helped pay his way through school by designing and illustrating posters for on- and off-campus groups, which led him to change his mind about an academic career.
Upon graduation, he took this portfolio of posters and illustrations to Chicago to test the waters. On his last day there he got an assignment from Playboy Magazine, went back home to complete it, and moved to Chicago.
After three years Robert thought it was time to try New York. He has since received gold and silver medals from The Society of Illustrators, The Society of Publication Designers and The Association of Educational Publishers. He has created posters for The Environmental Defense Fund and The New York City Opera; shopping bags for Bloomingdales and Estee Lauder; Endangered Species stamps for the United Nations; and covers for TIME, THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE and many others. His work is in the collections of The Smithsonian Institution, The Cooper-Hewitt, Rolling Stone Magazine and many private collections.
This was his art school, his on-the-job training. Between assignments he started painting for himself, gradually taking time away from his commercial career to put down the images that had been in storage - the series of medusas, beach paintings, aquariums and Brooklyn cityscapes.
Robert has exhibited his work in New York at Tillie’s of Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Academy of Music and Brooklyn Borough Hall. Robert’s Williamsburgh Savings Banks Paintings were exhibited December, 2005 - January, 2006 simultaneously at the Brooklyn Public Library and at Underbridge Pictures, a gallery in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn. These paintings were then featured in an article in the New York Times. His work was included in the exhibition Underwater FantaSEA at the Arizona Museum for Youth in the Spring of 2007. He is represented in Mew York by Underbridge Pictures, in Provincetown by the Esmond-Wright Gallery and in Hudson, NY by Carrie Haddad.
Robert Goldstrom divides his time between Provincetown, MA and Brooklyn, NY.