Rene graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002 and has lived and worked in Taos, New Mexico since 2005. His work ranges from functional pottery to large-scale kinetic sculpture.
It is the processes that Rene uses to create his powerful and whimsical sculptures that are responsible for their unique aesthetic. Similar to the hammer marks found on forged parts, it is the intense earth tones and textures created by the charcoal kiln and the natural patinas that mark Rene’s work. Likewise, the materials that he integrates into his work; metal rust, aged wood, and repurposed machinery define a “Rene Robles”. “By incorporating the repurposed materials, I am including the old, hidden stories of these parts while creating an entirely new story.”