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About Robert Violette

Robert Violette is an artist, editor and publisher based in London. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, Robert studied at the South Carolina Honors College at the University of South Carolina, the University of Warwick (England) and Parsons School of Design (New York). His work as an artist can be viewed at

Prior to founding Violette Editions in 1997, from 1988 to 1995 Robert edited and produced publications at the Anthony d'Offay Gallery in London for many leading artists including Francesco Clemente, Gilbert & George, Sir Howard Hodgkin, Ellsworth Kelly, Anselm Kiefer, Richard Long and Gerhard Richter. In 1991, Robert produced and co-edited (with Sadie Coles) Jeff Koons's first publication, The Jeff Koons Handbook, and, in 1995, Bill Viola's collected writings, Reasons for Knocking at an Empty House, still in print today, as well as Damien Hirst's first major book, I Want To Spend The Rest Of My Life Everywhere, With Everyone, One To One, Always, Forever, Now.

Away from book publishing, in 2005 Robert was a finalist for the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award at Riverside Studios, London. Since 2014, he is also a founding Adviser for the Block Universe performance art festival. Robert also teaches occasionally, including workshops with the BBC, with MA students at colleges such as Nottingham Trent University and the London College of Fashion, as well as fine art crits at schools such as the Royal College of Art.

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