Robert Malherbe was born in Mauritius in 1965 and migrated with his family to Australia at age six where he has lived ever since. His talented drafting skills were recognised early on as he gained practical training in an animation studio, honing his ability to draw from life and give vigour to his subjects. His art education has been largely self-taught, from standing in front of some of the greatest paintings in some of the greatest museums and galleries around the world.
Robert Malherbe first exhibited in London in the late nineties and has staged solo exhibitions since 2003. He frequently exhibits in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and an early-career survey exhibition of Malherbe’s paintings was presented by the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre in 2016. Robert Malherbe has been a regular finalist in major art prizes including the 2018 Art Gallery of New South Wales Wynne Prize and Archibald Prize and has won the Manning ‘Naked and Nude’ Art Prize and NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize.