When Robert Tanenbaum entered Washington University in St. Louis, he had no prior art training. As a freshman he was awarded first place in the all college portrait competition.
Tanenbaum is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society; one of 22 members out of 1300 members to be nationally certified by The American Portrait Society; one of only 350 that has been elected as an Artist member of the California Art Club, an associate member of Oil Painters of America.
Tanenbaum is fulfilling a lifelong dream of painting for galleries, his painting include, Native Americans, working cowboys, portraits and contemporary subjects. All of his gallery paintings are now executed in oil on linen. He is currently showing his work in galleries in Sedona, Arizona; New York, New York; and Fairview, New Jersey. Recently he was greatly honored when he was made a blood brother of the Cherokee Nation.
A partial list of his corporate portraits include the previous three CEO’s of United Parcel Service (UPS), two for Texaco Oil, nine for Southern California Edison; six of which were posthumous, also a life-size full length posthumous painting of Howard Hughes for Hughes Aircraft, Wout van Bavel of Holland, Gary Jordan on his horse ‘Socks’ in front of Pikes Peak, Colorado, Don Raich with his 1963 Rolls Royce, F. Katiyama, past president of Nissan Motors USA, Frederick R. Weisman for the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation and authors Will and Ariel Durant. The computer magazine Reseller News commissioned Tanenbaum to paint portraits for articles of the top 25 Internet executives. The John Wayne family and The Franklin Mint commissioned Tanenbaum to paint 24 portraits of JW’s life. He has also painted many portraits of women, children and other clients with their horses.
Tanenbaum has executed numerous portraits for the movie industry and has been commissioned to do over 200 paintings of famous sports figures in Nascar, baseball, basketball, football, hockey and horse racing. For sports art he is represented by Quality Collectibles.
In the spring of 2001 American Artist’s Water Color magazine had an article depicting 16 of his casein painting. In 2002 International Artist Magazine had a ten page article on his color sketches and oil paintings. One of Tanenbaum’s paintings was used as example in Shiva Casein magazine ads and another for their color chart cover. Another of his oil paintings was used in Jack Richeson’s and Company ad for his Yarka canvas.