Robert Damian Labranche

Robert was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He discovered his creative side early in life with drawing and writing.  Robert dropped out of high school opting for a GED, allowing him to apply for and be accepted at LSU in Baton Rouge, where he began to study for degree in Psychology.  On the suggestion of his mother he enrolled in a drawing class.  It was this class that he discovered who he was, what his real passion in life was and the aspiration of his true soul.

He changed his m amor to fine arts and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing. He was offered an assistantship by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. which he accepted and went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing.

Robert returned home to his residence in St. Tammany Parish and was offered a professorship at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.  He taught 2-D design, painting, drawing and advanced studies, primarily teaching sources in Figure Drawing.  For two of his years at SLU, Robert served as Interim Gallery Director for all campus Art Galleries.

After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Robert decided to relocate and purchased a one-way ticket to Colorado. He embarked on what Robert describes as, “a nomad on a spirit quest”.

After this quest, Robert returned home to Louisiana and began his artistic rebirth. He believes this was his renaissance, giving him more gratitude for his artistic gifts and a greater perspective of life.  Roberts’ new perspective and realization of life’s gifts transformed his soul and Robert believes this must be shared to attain one’s depth of spirit and express the beauty and unity of all life around us.  Precious moments of being alive must be preserved to assist and enable us to help each other to greater joy and understanding.

Robert’s current works combine his many years of study of knowledge multi-mdia and subjects.  He brings his love of nature, the human figure and soul and an expression of freedom that continually strives to reach deeper levels and places of the sacred.