Robert Fabe



(American, 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.

Fabe 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 freelance work. Fabe 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.


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