Painting
Font Design
Graphic Design
Illustration
About & Contact


Painting
Font Design
Graphic Design
Illustration
About & Contact

Robert Arnow
Brooklyn, NY
rob@robarnow.com
415.596.5808

Growing up in the middle of Brooklyn, surrounded by concrete, graffiti had a profound impact on me. The intense color and movement presented a striking contrast with the surrounding environment and ultimately inspired me to pursue a career in art and design.

After scribbling in notebooks for years, along with the occasional illegal foray into train tracks and tunnels, I pursued a formal art education at Parsons School of Design. After graduation, I began working as a freelance illustrator for clients including Apple, the Washington Post and many others.

Around the same time, I moved to San Francisco, where I became deeply immersed in political activism, after witnessing some inspiring wins by local progressive candidates. The zenith of my activism was managing a successful campaign to bring public campaign financing to the San Francisco mayoral race. My freelance work allowed me a lot of free time to pursue my activist interests.

Over the years, my artwork also began to branch out. I designed the “She Loves the Moon” street art project in San Francisco, inspired by a melancholic romance, and designed several hand-drawn fonts, which drew heavily on the skills I had developed from endlessly tagging my notebooks in high school.

Recently, I've been seriously pursuing oil painting. I started off with a series of cityscapes and urban moments, and am now working on a series called “Reclaim” which imagines animals triumphantly reclaiming the ruins of human civilization. It’s both a warning about the risks of environmental degradation and an acknowledgement that the world would (and may) go on just fine without us.

In the past few years, I also merged my design and activist work, after the realization that I didn’t enjoy the day-to-day process of activism, and simultaneously didn’t find it satisfying to design for things that weren’t meaningful to me. Because of the passion I brought to designing for progressive campaigns and causes, my business started to expand and for the past few years, I’ve had other designers on my team. I've been quoted in the New York Times and featured on television talking about design and typography in political campaigns.

I reside in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, and in my free time I seek dance parties, bike throughout the city, and photograph my travels.