Robert Bunkin is a figurative painter, art historian and studio instructor on the faculty of Borough of Manhattan Community College and art curator at the Staten Island Museum. He was a volunteer art instructor at Arthur Kill Correctional Facility. He conducted the first ever fresco workshop at Tsinghua University, Beijing in the summer of 2010. He was on the art history faculty of Parsons School of Design for twenty years, taught at the Art Students League, NYC; New York University Adult and Continuing Education Division; The New School for Social Research, NYC; Wagner College, Staten Island; the Brooklyn Museum and Scuola Lorenzo de’ Medici, Florence, Italy. He was co-curator of Charged Brushes an exhibition at The Painting Center, Chelsea in 2010. In 2005 he curated About Faces: Portraits Past and Present at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center for the Staten Island Museum, in addition to other curatorial projects.
He has an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, where he taught himself fresco painting. His undergraduate degree is from the CUNY Baccalaureat Program. He has studied fresco technique with James Hyde, Rhoda Yohai Andors, Stoney Conley and at the Tintori School for True Fresco in Vainella, Italy under a Parsons Faculty Leave Grant. Since 2008 his work has been represented by The Painting Center. He has exhibited widely in New York City, nationally and in Italy. He has been the recipient of several grants from the Council for the Arts and Humanities of Staten Island. In 2011 he was the recipient of the John J. Newman Medal from the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic.