Pastelist and teacher Bob Gerbracht died peacefully on April 28 at his home in Pinole, California, in the company of his wife and daughters. He was 92 years old
A 2015 Pastel Society of America (PSA) Hall of Fame inductee, Gerbracht was best known for his portraits and figure paintings—and for his love for teaching those subjects.
Celebrating the Power of the Human Face
For Gerbracht, observation was absolutely key to a successful painting, particularly important in capturing the rich color, and variety of shape and personality present in the human subject. He once told artist-writer Maggie Price, in a story that appeared in the second issue of The Pastel Journal (May/June 1999):
“There’s something to be discovered in every face.”
Bob earned a B.F.A. in painting from Yale University and an M.F.A. from the University of Southern California, and then started teaching private classes and workshops in drawing and painting the portrait and figure in 1979.
His paintings have been shown in exhibitions throughout the U.S., Israel, Austria and China, and have received many top awards. He was a member of the Society of Western Artists, a Pastel Laureate with the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and a PSA Master Pastelist.
Our heartfelt condolences to Bob’s family and friends, and to his students, many of whom have or will go on to share with others the important skills they learned from a master painter.