Robert R. Copple was born in Los Angeles, CA. He started drawing at a very early age. In elementary school he developed a strong love for art and nature.
Robert graduated from Cornell University with a major in both painting and photography and a minor in ornithology/biology/fields studies. He has since devoted himself full-time to producing original art in varied media including sculpture. Through out his career, he has continued to push the boundaries of his art by creating a new art form combining his painting and photography into a mixed media series called “Illusionary Images” the first of its kind in the art market. Concurrent with his artistic work is Robert’s activity as an advocate for nature- in national appearances, speaking engagements, and shows to demonstrate his personal concept and passion for the importance of the natural world and its preservation.
Beginning this commitment at age 16, Robert had his first one-man show in San Francisco and won California’s Non-game wildlife Decal competition. By age 18 he had four limited edition prints available in the art market. A year later, Robert became the youngest painter to be juried into Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum Exhibition in Wausau, Wisconsin. At twenty-one he was the only undergraduate guest speaker to have a one-man show at Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.
Since then, Robert has been honored as Artist of the Year, or Featured Artist at numerous galleries, shows, and charity events. Most recently, he was chosen as Disney’s First featured Artist at their Signature Wine and Food Festival in 2010.
Museums, which have exhibited Robert’s work includes the Smithsonian, Washington D.C., Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, the San Bernardino County Museum, Redlands Ca, the Colorado Historical Museum in Denver, and the C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls Montana. He continues to participate in numerous art shows and exhibitions through the U.S. annually.
Over the years, Robert has been featured on TV shows like Good Morning America, The Discovery Channel, The Outdoor Channel, Disney TV, local news and other cable shows. In addition, his art has graced the cover and pages of many magazines.