Shaun Roberts was born in Lufkin, Texas. He received his BFA in painting and drawing from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2010 and his MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Washington in 2012. Upon graduation from the University of Washington, Shaun was awarded the Joan Mitchel Foundation Grant for graduating MFA students, only 50 awarded nationally. Shaun is currently an associate professor of art at Stephen F. Austin State University and painting area coordinator.
Through the use of allegorical and mythological motifs incorporated with drama and pathos, Shaun explores timeless narratives in his paintings. He is not interested in the whims of the time but looks to cultures and canonized beauties of the past. Like a Renaissance painter or Hellenistic sculptor, Shaun works in a mythological landscape and develops archetypal images. Shaun explores sentimentality and sensuality in his paintings, intending to create a cathartic moment between the viewer and subject, whether it be love, death or an eternal sunset.
Shaun has been in several group and solo exhibitions spanning over 19 states, including First Street Gallery (N.Y.), Southern Mississippi Museum of Art, and Eastern Kentucky University. Recent shows include the solo exhibition Rebels and Renegades at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas and a two-person exhibition Displaced at Kirk Hopper Fine Art. Upcoming solo exhibitions include Into Chaos at the Carnegie Art Center (Nebr.) and the Gadsden Museum of Art (Ala.).