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Born and raised in Michigan, Robert Anderson is a graduate of Yale University and the Boston School of the Museum of Fine Arts. His tours of duty in the US Navy included Vietnam combat service with the Mobile Riverine Force in the Mekong Delta. His studio is on the south coast of Massachusetts.

Mr. Anderson has been painting private, corporate, and institutional commissioned portraits for fifty years. Between 1984 and 1989 he was under contract with the United States Postal Service to execute portraits for a number of U. S. postage stamps in the Great Americans Series. Issues include stamps honoring John Harvard, after whom Harvard University is named, Red Cloud, celebrated chief of the Oglala Sioux Nation, and the famous Hunkpapa Sioux Chief Sitting Bull.

Among many others, notable commissions include official portraits of former U.S. President George W. Bush, for the National Portrait Gallery (2008), former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan (2010), former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (2014), and former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, Edward W. Brooke (2007).

Mr. Anderson’s portrait of former Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Jeh C. Johnson, unveiled in January of 2023, will join his portraits of two other former DHS Secretaries, Tom Ridge (2013) and Michael Chertoff (2014) in the Department’s collection.