Robert Schefman is a sculptor and painter. After achieving an MFA in sculpture at the University of Iowa, he moved to New York City, setting up a studio and producing large scale minimalist steel sculpture.  Eventually adding painting to his studio practice. Schefman has continued to make his illusionist narrative work the focus of his work. Fascinated with connecting threads in the social fabric, Schefman uses the illusionist format to address the unchanging reality of sight.
Schefman’s work is in numerous private and public collections including The Broad Museum of Art, The Mint Museum of Art, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Boca Raton Museum of Art, The 19th District Court, Dearborn; Ford Arts Center, Dearborn; Wayne State University, Detroit; The Cooley Law School, Lansing; The University of Iowa, and private collections in Detroit, New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He is a finalist in the 2022 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.  His work has been exhibited widely including exhibitions at The Detroit Institute of Art, The Orlando Museum of Art, The Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Midland Center for The Arts, The Krasl Art Center, The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Oakland University, Foley Square/ Federal Plaza, New York City, David Klein Gallery and Manifest Research Gallery. 
A native of Detroit, Schefman earned a BFA from Michigan State University, and an MFA from the University of Iowa.  Awards include the Pollack-Krasner Foundation, The Bernard Maas Prize, ArtServe Michigan, The Arts foundation of Michigan, and the University of Iowa.  He is currently Professor Emeritus at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and is represented by the David Klein Gallery in Detroit, MI.
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