Throughout his career, Robert Mangold has been influenced by nearly every major artist of the post-war era. Born on October 12, 1937, Mangold enrolled at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1956 at the age of 18. One year later he attended the Carnegie International in Pittsburg, PA where he was exposed to the work of Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Adolph Gottlieb, Franz Kline and other leading Abstract Expressionists. Mangold had been primarily a naturalist painter but after this encounter immediately changed his style to large-scale abstraction.
In 1960 he began his studies at the Yale University School of Art and Architecture where he completed his Bachelor's and Master's degrees. There he studied with Richard Serra, Nancy Graves, Brice Marden, and Sylvia Plimack, his eventual wife. Upon graduation he and Sylvia moved to New York City where Mangold took a job as a guard at the Museum of Modern Art. Interestingly, he became good friends with Sol Lewitt and Robert Ryman at this time, who were also working as guards at MOMA.
Over the next four decades Mangold would become one of the preeminent modern American painters. His technique grew decidedly Minimalist, painting shapes and curvilinear lines on large-scale, solid color backgrounds. In addition to his painting, Mangold is an accomplished printmaker, having produced many editions in color silkscreen.
Robert Mangold has work in the collections of: MuhKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp; Städel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany; Modern Gallery, László Vass Collection, Veszprém, Hungary; Gallerie d ’ Arte Moderna di Udine GAMUD, Udine, Italy; Leeum- Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea; Museu d’ Art Contemporani de Barcelona-MACBA, Barcelona, Spain; Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland; Tate Britain, London, England; MFA- Museum of Fine Arts , Boston, MA; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA; Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ; Los Angeles County Museum of Art- LACMA, Los Angeles, CA; Soloman R. Guggenheim, New York, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts- SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA; New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM; The Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA.