Robert Taub grew up in South Philadelphia. He attended UC Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied fine arts and philosophy. Taub has lived and travelled extensively in Mexico, Africa, Japan, the Middle East, Europe and the US. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. The artist's upbringing in the poor, gritty streets of South Philadelphia, as well as an early trip through Mexico helped shape and inform his approach to his art. The shocking poverty of Mexico and the gallantry and grandeur of Mexican muralism, especially Orozco and Siquieros, made a lasting impression.
Much of his work is visually beautiful and poignant, and at the same time confrontational and violent. He has chronicled revolutionary and outlaw movements in the US, Latin America, Mexico and Africa, as well as the fratricidal struggles for power within the Russian Mafia and Los Angeles street gangs. Recently he has turned to the events and consequences that led up to and finalized in Europe's two world wars. A project intensely personal and many years in the making.