Supporter Salute: The Art of Robert Ogata

Among many influences, renowned Fresno ceramist and painter Robert Katsusuke Ogata credits growing up in a Japanese-American home in California’s Central Valley with informing his work, which for more than 40 years has “explored atmosphere and illusion” by combining two-dimensional line and color with surface relief.

Painting in series with a sequential process that engenders ideas through a kind of thematic metamorphosis, elements repeat, vary and vanish as each piece takes shape. His work is exhibited and collected worldwide and has earned recognition including Art of California Discovery awards and a 1990 U.S. Congressional Japanese American Citizens League commission.

In 1997, Robert, Ed Lund and friends in the arts launched the Fresno Downtown Artists Group, along with its popular ArtHop open-studio art crawl. A dear friend of Ed and one of our most dedicated supporters, Robert has donated to our work from the very start, helping to send dozens of emerging creative artists and scholars to study art and history abroad.

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Supporter Salute: The Art of Robert Ogata

by | Nov 22, 2023 | Events, Giving, Scotch, Brew & Art Affair, Supporter Stories


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