Originally from Chicago, Robert Sutz was executive art director of the Leo Burnett worldwide advertising company, and also had a parallel career in fine art. His fine art includes paintings of urban scenes of Chicago, western art, paintings of Israel, as well as a large variety of commissioned portraits. His art has been widely exhibited in art galleries across the United States, and a number of his major portraits and art works are on permanent display.
Sutz, whose father’s Polish family perished in Nazi concentration camps, first began producing Holocaust-related art during the 1990’s, after he served as an interviewer for Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah project. He initiated his own We Remember Holocaust Memorial Art Project to create polychromed life masks and portraits of Holocaust survivors, and also record their stories. Sutz relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1997, where he established a studio to pursue his Holocaust project. His artwork now includes approximately 140 life masks and portraits of Holocaust survivors, liberators, and righteous gentiles. Subjects are interviewed on video and a short bio created to be displayed by the life mask or portrait, concisely describing the subject’s Holocaust story and life after the Holocaust. In addition, Sutz has painted over 90 graphic scenes of the Holocaust witnessed by the survivors.Robert Sutz’s Holocaust artwork is unique in the world in its artistic/educational approach and breadth, particularly by a single artist. In 2014, he was awarded the Shofar Zachor award from the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors Association and the Beryl Morton award from the Arizona Jewish Historical Society. The Holocaust art and collection of urban, western, and Israel art are housed in his Scottsdale studio. Sutz has exhibited some of his Holocaust art at various locations, but his studio is full and his vast collection requires a permanent home. A listing of his work and exhibitions is included in the Appendix.
Harry Porterfield, of the Chicago Daily Herald, describes Sutz as:
"Someone you should know. His paintbrush speaks in a language learned
over a lifetime in the city."
Evelyn Cooper, Arizona Republic: "Sutz's enviable ability to capture subtle nuances of human activity and interaction makes his art undeniably universal."
Claude LeSuer, New York Art Critic: "His everyday protrayals of these ordinary people are compared to Edward Hopper, but the solitude of his subjects implies dignity rather than alienation."