Born in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1924 Bob Gerbracht began drawing at an early age and at 13 attended evening art classes sponsored by the federal Works Progress Administration. Following his service in the army during World War II, he completed a fine art degree at Yale University with graduate studies at the University of Southern California. Married and with a family to support, Bob taught art in public schools for 22 years before beginning his own private teaching practice at the age of 52. He has taught classes and workshops for 40 years at his studio near Dolores Park in San Francisco.
Bob has earned many prestigious awards over the years including: P.S.A. 18th Annual Sauter-Margulies Award (1990) for his Pastel Getting Ready to Bathe, 60th (2010) and 62nd (2012) SWA Annual Awards for Ukelele Guy- Best of Show and Break Time in The Studio. After years of teaching and studying, Bob Gerbracht joined such renowned artists as Mary Cassatt, Robert Brackman, Burt Silverman and Duane Wakeham as his induction into the Pastel Society of America’s “Hall of Fame” and inclusion into their permanent collection in New York City. This is a highly distinguished award that is bestowed on only one artist per year.
“Bob is an inspiring painter whose work embodies originality, an attitude of compassion, the foundation of beautiful drawing, composition and color. If I came to class each week for nothing else than to see his work, it would be enough. He is also a model teacher-who inspires my own teaching with his calm, caring, generosity and very practical methods,”comments artist and teacher Betty Rothaus.”