Robert Pruitt was born in 1975 in Houston Texas. He received his BFA from Texas Southern University (2000) and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin (2003). Robert Pruitt works in a variety of materials, with the focus of his practice centered on rendering large scale figurative portraits. He projects into those images a juxtaposing series of experiences and material references, denoting a diverse and radical Black past, present, and future. Pruitt often utilizes religion, spirituality, signs, and symbolic objects throughout his work as a means of exploring a Black American conception of transcendence and mythology.