Los Angeles native, Robert Gerdes, began his formal professional studies in art as a scholarship student at the Chouinard Art Institute in downtown Los Angeles. Later, he furthered his studies at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC.
Since 1978 Robert has resided in San Diego, California. During 1980s and 1990s, he had annual one-person shows at Gallery 21 in Spanish Village, Balboa Park. He was also a member of the Southwestern Artists' Association also in Spanish Village.
Robert has recently been recognized by the city-sponsored Coronado Cultural Arts Commission. The artist's paintings were selected for exhibition at the newly instituted gallery at the John D. Spreckels Senior Center. In addition, one of his paintings was used as a banner commemorating local artists and displayed on Orange Avenue.
The artist has been a member of the Coronado Art Association since 1987, and the San Diego County Art Mart Association, based in Balboa Park since 2007.
Currently, with these two organizations, he shows regularly on the first and third Sundays of the month at Art in the Park in Coronado, and in Balboa Park, near the International Houses on the second and fourth weekends of each month.
The artist is known for his paintings of the San Diego region including the Anza Borrego desert. Robert also performs house portraits and other work on commission.