For over the last 40 years, Robert Irwin Wolf has been widely prolific in the fields of fine art photography, sculpture, art therapy, expressive analysis, and psychoanalysis. Initially trained in the fine arts of photography and sculpture, he later went on to pursue clinical training in art therapy and psychoanalysis and is a New York State licensed psychoanalyst and creative art therapist, currently in private practice in New York City. He has taught courses, published and presented internationally on the integration of creativity and in-depth psychoanalytic theory and practice. His focuses have been in the therapeutic uses of photography (or phototherapy), creative processing of dreams and countertransference, and the use of stone carving in clinical supervision to help process countertransference.
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After receiving early training in stone carving at Pratt Institute, Wolf has continuously evolved as a sculptor of abstract form. His intense interest in both people and art are reflected in his contemporary sculptures. He believes forces that heal and promote emotional growth in people are related to those that influence our sense of aesthetics in artwork. His stone sculptures are a blend of figurative and abstract elements expressed through various types of stone. Each piece suggests a unique gestural communication that is intrinsic to human experience and is often perceived on an unconscious, visceral level.
His sculptures, which have been influenced by Arp, Moore, and Brancusi, have been exhibited over the past 40 years in a variety of galleries in the northeastern United States and Seoul, South Korea.
Born and raised in New York, Wolf is an internationally exhibited fine art photographer, and his work has been widely shown in San Jose, Costa Rica and South Korea as well as, Miami, and most extensively in New York City. His most recent work includes landscapes and portraits of indigenous people from his travels throughout Southeast Asia, Europe, and South America. Printed on canvas with pigmented, fade-resistant ink, many of these images have been exhibited in galleries throughout New York.
Wolf also specializes in commissioned creative portraiture. He believes that there is always a subliminal non verbal element of communication between the photographer and subject and his prior experience as a caricature artist, along with his clinical work with clients, has informed his perspective and ability to capture the unique essence of this moment.