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Acrylic and grease pencil painting by Robert Nava

Robert Nava

Air Sign, Forest Wolf, 2020

Acrylic and grease pencil on canvas

84 x 72 inches (213.4 x 182.9 cm))

© Robert Nava; image provided by the studio

Robert Nava admits he has always struggled with artistic rules. While working towards his bachelor’s degree in fine art at Indiana University Northwest, the East Chicago native said his introductory painting classes were focused on drawing realistically. But copying things and drawing straight lines wasn’t natural for Nava. “Breaking the rules,” on the other hand, felt much better to him, so he eventually went in the opposite direction. He discovered that drawing something completely “wrong” was much more interesting.

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