Robert Maki

(American, born 1938)

Northwest artist Robert Maki creates minimalist abstract sculptures, that provide precise angles and sight lines that are important to the viewer's experience and the overall design. The direction of the sun, time of day, and weather conditions are often also important factors in Maki's sculptures, because they affect how the viewer sees the artworks.

Born in Walla Walla in Southeastern Washington, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Washington University in Bellingham and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1966. He was honored with a Washington State Governor's Arts and Heritage Award in 2012, awarded by Governor Christine Gregoire. His artworks are part of many collections, including Seattle Art Museum and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C.