USA fine artist Rob Brooks is a contemporary American painter who brings Social Realism back to the forefront. Born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1962, Rob has been a full time professional artist for 26 years. Educated at the Art Institute of Boston, Rob studied under Nathan Goldstein and received the Academic Achievement Award at his graduation. After graduating, Rob began a 14 yearlong career as a freelance illustrator. He was eventually asked to join Renard Represents of Manhattan, New York, one of the illustration industry's most prestigious artist groups. Rob created award-winning paintings used in advertising campaigns for clients such as AT&T, IBM and Microsoft, to name just a few. Rob was commissioned to create paintings used for the covers of two issues of Der Spiegel, Germany's equivalent of Time Magazine. Soon after, Rob began painting urban figurative narratives that combined the abstract composition elements of his coastal works with the abstract psychological elements of our increasingly isolated culture. As communication shifted away from the personal to email, cell phone and texting, Rob saw an abstraction of reality that he captures in his well-orchestrated paintings. The sometimes stark, always compelling nature of his work has been described by the Cape Cod Times as "pop art with a hint of surrealism", and "hard-edged impressionism." His contemporary, realistic artworks spring from a rich color palette and strong lines to create unique and compelling perspectives.