Cenedella at work in his studio.
Robert Cenedella was born in Milford, Massachusetts, in 1940. He received his formal education from the High School of Music and Art in New York and The Art Students League of New York. In 1988, he inherited the George Grosz Chair at The League when he was invited to teach his Life Drawing Class and a Painting Workshop. He presently teaches three classes at The League.
Following a definite tradition in art, like Brueghel, Daumier, Hogarth and Grosz before him, Robert Cenedella has devoted his art to chronicling the changing rituals and myths of society in contemporary America.
In the last 20 years, Cenedella has amassed considerable international praise as well as inclusion in numerous public and private collections. His commissions include works for the famed Bacardi Int’l and ABSOLUT Vodka, a theater piece for Tony Randall, and two murals of historical significance for Le Cirque 2000 Restaurant in New York and Mexico City.
Cenedella's art and life is the subject of a forthcoming book, The American Artist as Satirist, by M. Kay Flavell.
"Art Bastard," a historical documentary film on his work is due to be released in the spring of 2016 by Concannon Productions, Inc. It was directed by the acclaimed writer & director Victor Kanefsky, produced by Chris T. Concannon, and edited by Jim MacDonald.