TSC Art instructor showcases artwork at local gallery

Robert Andes not only teaches and trains future generations of artists at Texas Southmost College, but he also practices what he lectures as an award-winning Rio Grande Valley artist, with an upcoming exhibit at a local art gallery.

With more than 30 pieces of art on exhibit at Puente Art Gallery in Brownsville, Andes said this is his first solo art show and he is honored.

“When I got the invitation, I was speechless,” said the TSC Art instructor. “As an artist, a solo show is the highest honor you can receive, so it’s still hard to imagine that it’s happening to me.”

Andes’ exhibit opened Feb. 4 with a reception attended by his colleagues, students and community members.

Most of his art on exhibit is for sale and includes his two Texas Association of Schools of Art (TASA) award-winning pieces, Santa Fe Woman and A Sense of Silent Contemplation.

Every piece is an oil painting on canvas and focuses on the introspectiveness of people in his community and from his travels, concentrating on shadows, colors and expressions.

Andes’ collection at the gallery dates back to 2008 and includes two of his most recent works The Sister, The Sculptor and Girl in a White Floral Dress.

“This has been an exciting experience for me, and what’s made it even better is that I get to share this with my students and represent TSC,” said Andes.

He added that including his students in this experience sets a positive example and shows each aspiring artist the opportunities that are available.

Andes began drawing at a young age with his father, capturing the fall colors of New Hampshire. He went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Art with an emphasis in painting from Oklahoma State University and the University of Arkansas, respectively. While teaching, he has remained active in the art scene showcasing work in galleries and becoming an active member of the Oil Painters of America.

He started his journey at TSC in 2013 and since then has taught painting, design, drawing, art appreciation and art history.

Andes’ exhibit will be on display at the Puente Art Gallery from February 5 to March 26.