Robert Sedestrom was born in Detroit, Michigan, and lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Science in Design from the University of Michigan and a Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has received grants and fellowships from National Endowment for the Arts, the Organization of American States, USAID, and the Research Foundation of the State of New York. He has held residencies in The Netherlands, Israel, and Morocco as well as the Kohler Corporation in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. His work is in major collections, public and private, in Europe, Mideast, and the United States.
The majority of output since the beginning of his career has been in the form of three-dimensional objects. Now working two dimensionally, he refers to his work as drawing, creating small, eccentrically playful results — although drawing is a minor part of the final effort. He uses materials such as paper, string, cloth, wire, wax paper, cardboard, bubble wrap, and any produced image that is at hand. The drawings are typically 3′ x 5′, sometimes 5′ x 5′, and then cut down to size, bypassing the need to work within a given format.
See photos of Robert and his studio.