Robert Carter

The Elder

Robert Carter (he/they) is a visual artist, photographer, and writer whose figurative work often features brown skin in an array of hues, usually set against lush fabrics and colors. With influences ranging from the ancient and historical worlds to fantasy and afrofuturism, his work is a meditation on the things that connect us all.

Robert was raised in Prince George’s County, MD in a colorful home filled with Black art
depicting slices of life. At an early age he found a connection to history and culture through museums, magazines, movies, and music. These influences have culminated in his endeavors to use art as a bridge to a better understanding of oneself, our communities, and ultimately our roles in the larger context of the world and beyond. His vision is to use creativity in ways that help to foster a culture of equity, awareness, and greater compassionate empathy.

Robert is a Mural Arts Black Arts Fellow, an artist in residence at Fitler Club, a member of the independent BIPOC art collective Crafted//Community, as well as a teaching artist with classes ranging from teens to adults at Fleisher Art Memorial and Mural Arts. He is currently a freelance photographer and retoucher based in Philadelphia. He holds a BS in Photography from the Art Institute of Philadelphia.