Represented Artist

Robert Thiele

Born 1941 Milwaukee, WI

Robert Thiele, portrait
Robert Thiele, #668 (98-09), 2011
Robert Thiele, #668 (98-09), 2011, Acid etched arylic sheet, wood, laminated canvas, mixed media 96 x 20 x 5 inches

In paintings that he calls wall constructions, Robert Thiele embeds found objects from the environment.

Selected Works

These are a selected group of works and installation photographs from the exhibition. For a complete list of available works please contact us.

Robert Thiele

Robert Thiele’s calm intensity emanates equally from his person and his works. An established figure in the South Florida art scene for more than forty years, Thiele sustains a remarkable studio practice that, first and foremost, builds on itself. In paintings that he calls wall constructions, he embeds found objects from the environment. He creates apertures through which we can see a hint of an object. The shape and translucency of the window is essential. The construction is about 5 inches deep, and if the sides are straight, then he wraps them in canvas, painted white.


Robert Thiele holds a Masters and Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting from Kent State University. Pat DeLong, then Chair of the Art Department at Miami Dade College, recruited Thiele to move to Miami to teach. He moved to Miami in 1966. In 1975, he and Salvatore la Rosa were the first two Florida artists to participate in the Whitney Biennial. He took part in the wonderful series of “New Work Miami” shows at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (then the Miami Art Museum), with a show in 2004. He showed with OK Harris and Howard Scott in New York and with several Miami galleries before working with Emerson Dorsch on his 30-year survey show, cryptically titled “30,” in 2009. Tyler Emerson-Dorsch curated his show at MDC Museum of Art + Design in 2015. He had a second survey show at the Museum of Art – Deland in 2019.

His work is widely collected in South Florida, with a presence in the public collections of at least 12 Florida public institutions, including the Bass Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, the Frost Art Museum, the NSU Art Museum, the Boca Raton Art Museum, the University of South Florida, the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, FL, and the Pérez Art Museum Miami. His work has been covered in Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, Ocean Drive, The Biscayne Times and ARTnews, among others. This exhibition will be his fourth solo exhibition with the gallery.



Robert Thiele, Museum of Art, DeLand, FL

Robert Thiele 3 Four 8, MDC Museum Art + Design, Miami, FL

Robert Thiele, Tammen & Partner Galerie, Berlin, Germany

Robert Thiele: 8-Four-9, Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL

30, Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL (catalogue)
Howard Scott Gallery, New York, New York

Howard Scott Gallery, New York, New York

Kunstlerkries Ortenau, Offenburg, Germany
Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, FL

Howard Scott Gallery, New York, New York

MIA Gallery, Miami International Airport, Miami, FL (catalogue)

Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, FL
Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL (catalogue)

Howard Scott / M-13 Gallery, New York, New York

Howard Scott / M-13 Gallery, New York, New York, (catalogue)

Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Coral Gables, FL

Howard Scott / M-13 Gallery, New York, New York

Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Coral Gables, FL

Greene Gallery, Miami, FL

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, Florida, (catalogue)
Gloria Luria Gallery, Bay Harbor, FL

Sculpture Space, Miami, FL

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Coral Gables, FL
The Gallery, Miami-Dade College, North Campus, Miami, FL

Meeting Point Art Center, Miami, FL

O. K. Harris Gallery, New York, New York
Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus, Miami, FL

Barry College, Miami, FL

Gallery 99, Miami, FL


Paradise Lost: Alchemy of Necessity, Cindy Rucker Gallery, New York, NY

Silent Poems, 3 person exhibition, Galerie Skulpturensfeld, Liebertingen
Silent Poems, 3 person exhibition, Galerie Arthea, Mannheim, Germany
Miami 3-D, 3900 Space, Miami, FL
20 Shades of Gray, Zadok Gallery, Miami FL
Florida Masters, Museum of Art Deland, Deland, FL
smoke signals; portals y paisajes, curated by William Cordova, Under the Bridge,
smoke signals: istwa, paisajes and allegories, curated by William Cordova, ArtCenter South Florida, Miami Beach, FL

Shims and Constructions, Rick Klauber and Robert Thiele, Howard Scott Gallery, NY

Abstraction, Jason McCoy Gallery, NY, NY

Twenty Fifth Anniversary Exhibition, Howard Scott Gallery, NY, NY

Kelley Roy Gallery, Miami, FL

Casa de Carton, Ingalls and Associates, Miami, FL

Miami Contemporary Artists, Creating A Scene, Freedom Tower, Miami, FL

Robert Thiele & Judith Page, Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, FL
Open Space, Group Show, Miami Florida
Big Juicy Paintings, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Heide Cho Gallery, New York, New York

December 1-5, Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, FL
Galerie Tammen & Busch, Berlin, Germany

Currents, Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida
Florida Visual Art Fellowships 25th Anniversary Exhibition (catalogue),
Lowe Art Museum, Miami, FL
Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Largo, FL
Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FL
Terrace Gallery, Orlando, FL
Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, FL
The Art Gallery at Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft Myers, FL
Cummer Museum of Art, Jacksonville, FL

Move, Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, FL
Globe>Miamimiami<island, survey of the local art scene, Miami Herald, December 23, 2001, illustration of 129-126 Triff, Alfredo, Buried Treasure, Robert Thiele, Miami New Times, June 21-27, 2001 (illustration of wall, Barbara Gillman Gallery) Ocana, Damarys, Getting Intimate, Robert Thiele, Street Miami, May 18-24, 2001 (illustrated) Turner, Elisa, Ex-football player tackles his art, Miami Herald, May 27, 2001 (illustrated) Ormond, Mark, Robert Thiele, catalogue essay, Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, FL 2001 Ratcliff, Carter, Robert Thiele, catalogue essay, Howard Scott / M-13 Gallery, New York, New York, 1997 Harper, Paula, Robert Thiele, review, Art in America, June 1996, (illustration of Untitled 129-157) Kimmelman, Michael, Ambitious Miami Reaches for a Place in the Sun, The New York Times, March 31, 1996 Pau-Llosa, Ricardo, Imaginacion: Canino Que Se Bifurca, Exito, March 20, 1996 (illustration of gallery installation, Fredric Snitzer Gallery) Kohen, Helen, Critic Watched Arts Community Grow, Thrive, The Miami Herald, August 30, 1995 Kohen, Helen, N. Miami’s COCA Stretches Its Wings, The Miami Herald, April 30, 1995 Hutchingson, James, Religion and the Natural Sciences: The Range of Engagement, Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1992, (illustration of Fountain II) Malloy, Nancy, Black + White, review, ArtNews, Summer, 1992 Rose, Matthew, Black + White, catalogue essay,M-13 Gallery, New York, New York,1992 Jacobs, Joe, Made in Florida, catalogue essay, 1992 Kohen, Helen, Show Lets 15 of Florida’s Best Shine, The Miami Herald, March 31, 1989 Richard, Paul, The Corcoran’s 41st Biennial, The Washington Post, April 5, 1989 Allen, Jane Addams, Biennial Focuses on Southern Gothic, The Washington Times, April 5, 1989 Kohen, Helen, South Florida Artists Leaving Their Imprint on Washington, The Miami Herald, April 23, 1989 Frank, Peter, Robert Thiele, Painting & Sculpture 1975-87, catalogue essay, Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, Florida 1987 Kohen, Helen, Thiele’s Art is Deep, Powerful, The Miami Herald, June 5, 1987 (illustration of Untitled 1987) Pau-Llosa, Ricardo, Deborah Schneider, Robert Thiele, catalogue essay, Miami-Dade Community College, North Campus, Miami, Florida, 1984 Bolge, George, Robert Thiele, catalogue essay, The Gallery, Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, Florida, 1983 Wolf, Jeanne, Robert Thiele in Portrait, National Educational Television Documentary, 1974 PUBLIC COLLECTIONS Bass Museum, Miami, Florida Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, Florida Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, Florida Center of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Florida, (site sculpture) City of Miami, Florida Crandon Park Gardens, Miami, Florida, (site sculpture) Florida House of Representatives, Tallahassee, Florida Florida International University, Miami, Florida, (site sculpture) State of Florida Art in Public Places Commission Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Kent State University, Kent, Ohio The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Coral Gables, Florida Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, Florida University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida, (site sculpture EDUCATION 1966 MFA, Painting, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio 1964 BFA, Sculpture, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio


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