A Kansas City born and bred artist with a lifelong love of comic books, illustration, street artists, quality crime dramas, and other hipster things.
Rob Schamberger has been published by Image Comics and The Kansas City Star. The Pitch named him the Best Sports Artist in Kansas City, and his work has been covered by E! News and AskMen.com. He has shown his work in numerous galleries and museums and his work is on permanent display in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. His art has raised thousands of dollars for charities, notably with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. A who’s who of wrestlers, wrestling personalities and other celebrities have his work on display in their homes, and his paintings adorn the WWE corporate headquarters. He has painted posters for the movies Summer League and Meet Me There. Original portraits he has painted of WWE Superstars are being auctioned by WWE, and posters and prints are available from WWE Shop. He has painted live for WWE at WrestleMania and SummerSlam.
Rob lives in a lovely loft overlooking the river with his wife and two cats.
cagematch.net asked Rob:
Let’s talk about your work. How long does it take to get from an idea to a finished painting?
There’s a legend of a woman walking through a Parisian park and sees a man sitting on a bench sketching. She says, “My goodness, you’re the famous painter Pablo Picasso, aren’t you?” “I am,” he replies. “Can you draw my portrait?” He agrees to her request. He looks at her for a couple of minutes, then quickly makes a few marks on the paper, creating a perfect likeness. He hands it to her and says, “That will be $500.” “But that only took a few minutes to do!” she indignantly replies. “No, it took me a lifetime.” Every piece an artist does informs what they do next through trial and error and lessons learned. While one piece may take an hour and another takes days, ultimately they all take a lifetime to create.
What is your inspiration?
I draw inspiration from everywhere. I’ll spend an hour every morning just looking at other artists’ work, seeing how they solved problems and how I can apply that to my own work. Sometimes a color combination I see outside my window will set me on my path, or even songs.