Robert Fabe (American/Ohio 1917-2004)

Robert Fabe was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1917, he grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. He began the study of painting with his father, a talented amateur. He took art courses at Withrow High School, in Cincinnati (1932-1936) in conjunction with the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Robert entered the Cincinnati Art Academy after graduation (four year scholarship) and studied with Herman Wessel, John E. Weis and Meyer Abel.

He received the "Out of Town" Scholarship to the Art Student's League in New York in 1939. He studied at the Art Student's League with Arnold Blanch, George Grosz and Raphael Soyer. He was mural assistant to Arnold Blanch in 1939.

Robert returned to Cincinnati and opened a studio in 1940-1941. He entered into the Armed Services in Infantry and Combat Engineer's Division in 1941 and served in Europe for 2 1/2 years. He was discharged in 1945. He returned to Cincinnati in 1945 to paint and taught art at the Art Academy.

He did interior decorating and free lance work. Robert joined the faculty of the University of Cincinnati Department of Design, Architecture and Art in 1958, where he retired as a professor of Fine Arts in 1987.

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Solo Shows: Partial List
Closson's Gallery 1945 (war drawings)
Loring Andrews Gallery 1947
Cincinnati Art Club 1956
Cincinnati Art Club 1958
Miami University 1961
Wilmington College 1963
Edgecliff College 1964
Xavier University 1966
Mt. St. Joseph College 1970
Ohio State Capital 1971
Laser Drawings at Cincinnati Museum May 1971
Mary Ran Gallery 1995, 1996

President Cincinnati Chapter McDowell Society
President Cincinnati Prefessional Artists

Listed In
Who's Who in American Art
Who's Who in the Midwest

Museum Collections
Cincinnati Art Museum
Miami University
University of Cincinnati
Dayton Art Institute
Butler Art Institute

Corporate Collections
Lipton Tea Co.
Proctor & Gamble
KDI Corp.
The Thrane Company
Crown-Zellerback Corp.
Otterbein Press
ZIV International
Young & Klein, Inc.
Pollak Steel Co.
Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Club
Cincinnati Public Schools
First National Bank of Cincinnati
Cook-Trane Service Agency
Plaza Bank & Trust, Kansas City, MO
Southern Ohio Bank
Cincinnati Bell
Highland Towers


Butler Art Institute
Dayton area Shows
Ohio University Show

Ohioana Award 1982