Robert Buelteman


Robert Buelteman is an artist whose fascination with transcendence is reflected in his photographs, portraying the universe as alive and life as mysterious and profound. Whether examining the grand landscape or inquiring into the design of plants, his print work is a powerful extraction of beauty and substance revealing unrecognized dimensions in the commonplace.

Mr. Buelteman developed his love of the land as a child growing up in the small town of Woodside on the peninsula south of the city of San Francisco. From his family home he looked out on the Santa Cruz Mountains, whose deep canyons, redwood groves, and daily tides of ocean-borne fog inspired the veneration of life and light that appear in his work today.

He has published fifteen photographic portfolios over his forty years in photography, and three of these, The Unseen Peninsula (1994), Eighteen Days in June (2000), and Signs of Life (2009) were published as monographs. In 1999, Buelteman left photographic tradition behind in creating Through the Green Fuse, a portfolio of energetic photograms made without cameras, lenses, or computers.

As a result of the success of this new work, Mr. Buelteman was invited to be a guest at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico in 2003. In 2006 Buelteman completed work on two new portfolios, Sangre de Cristo, the flora of Santa Fe, and Rancho Corral de Tierra, the flora of his hometown of Montara located on the North coast of California.

In 2007, the photographer was diagnosed with a number of infections including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Q Fever, and Lyme Disease, bringing an end to the most productive period of his career. Now disabled, in 2010 he was invited to be a guest visitor at Stanford University’s highly restricted Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, where he returned to working on deepening his artistic inquiry into the design of life.

His art has received accolades from institutions as diverse as the United States Congress, the Commonwealth Club of California, Committee for Green Foothills, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. In recent years his art has been the subject of essays in 23 languages on six continents around the globe, and can be found in public and private collections worldwide, including the Yale University Art Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield & Byers, Bank of America, Adobe Systems, Stanford University, Xerox, and Nikon.

Robert Buelteman Studio
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Montara, CA 94037

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