Professional Bio


Nancy Robinson is a surrealistic painter who works primarily in oil paint on canvas. She paints iconographic self-portraits based on her daily life experiences.

Robinson was born in New York City. She graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin with a B.A cum laude in English. During her wild youth she worked briefly in advertising and was a technical writer before becoming a full-time surrealistic painter.

Photo by Tony Nelson

Photo by Tony Nelson

Robinson has been the recipient of two Individual Artist Fellowship Grants and two Artist Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, a Travel and Study Grant from the Jerome, Target and General Mills Foundations, a Jerome Artist Residency Grant through the Blacklock Nature Sanctuary and several Jerome Mentor/Protegee Scholarship Grants through the Women's Art Registry of Minnesota, where she was a Mentor from 1990-2002. From 1999-2019 she was a Guest Artist for the Women's Art Institute at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and at Saint Catherine University.

She has exhibited her work locally and nationally, including Sin and Guilt: Paintings by Nancy Robinson, a 2009 solo show at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Other venues where she has exhibited include Artemisia Gallery (Chicago), A.I.R. Gallery (New York), the Minnesota Historical Society, the College of Saint Catherine (Saint Paul), the Minnesota State Arts Board, The Soap Factory (Minneapolis) and the Affordable Art Fair (New York).

Recent exhibitions include two shows at Instinct Art Gallery: the 2014 Self and Others exhibition and the 2016 Unfiltered: the Art of Sue Coe, Nancy Robinson and the Guerrilla Girls.   

In addition to her painting career, Robinson is writing a novel and a gaggle of short stories about artists and writers living in the Upper Midwest.