Kevin Robb has been sculpting for 40 years. He went to school at Rocky Mountain College in Denver where he studied graphic design. When he graduated and began working in the field of graphic design, he hated it. Three years into his marriage he told his wife, Diane, that he couldn’t live without art and that he had to pursue what he loved – sculpting. After a bit of convincing, Diane was on his side and Kevin’s new career was born. Diane has been and continues to be an integral part of Kevin’s process and career as a sculptor and artist. 19 years ago, Kevin suffered a massive stroke and was on life support for 13 days. He surprised everyone by waking up out of his coma. He was determined to keep sculpting so Diane became his voice and number one advocate. While Kevin has very limited speech and is challenged physically, he is a miracle worker. Art is Kevin’s life. It’s what maintains him and keeps him going. He sketches and creates daily. Using the software program SketchUp, Kevin creates new designs constantly. In his studio there are bookshelves full of sketches at the ready. There is never an issue of what to do next, in fact Kevin’s favorite sculpture is his next piece.
In the studio, Kevin as two welding assistants and Diane will hire additional workers to help him create his visions. Kevin’s sculptures are wrought in stainless steel and sometimes fabricated bronze. The assistants cut out big sheets of stainless and then each element is ground smooth and fitted into one another for a seamless, contiguous look. To assemble the elements a crane system is used to hoist the pieces and fit them together with Kevin directing every movement. He takes a marker to the sheets to communicate which adjustments are to be made, sometimes even after his assistants have gone home. Before the welding Kevin will check all the pieces until he is satisfied with the fit, watching carefully as the assistants rotate the pieces as they hang in the air. When it’s just right, he will holler “Stop!” And everyone listens.
Despite not being able to converse with many words, Kevin is heralded as a great listener and oftentimes people will tell Diane, “I’ve had the most wonderful conversation with Kevin!” He is very engaged, has a great sense of humor, and is very expressive. He loves sculpture because he loves 3D – you can walk around a sculpture, even hug it if you wish. The most recent sculpture Kevin has completed is titled “Vincent II” after the one and only Vincent van Gogh. The painter’s starry night series is one of Kevin’s absolute favorite works of art. All the “Vincent” sculptures have a star incorporated into their design.
Kevin’s studio is in Wheat Ridge, a suburb near Denver, Colorado. The property is split between the main living house and the studio. On the 1-acre lot is a sculpture garden full of Kevin’s work.
Kevin’s wonderful sculptures are collected in 48 of the 50 states and in six international countries. He is renowned for his integrity of design and quality. All his work is lighthearted, joyful, fun, pretty, and uplifting, as are the titles to his sculptures.