Born and raised in a small Austrian village on the Danube, starting formal education in art at age 15 at an Art University in Linz then further at the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna. In 1989 I moved permanantly to the US residing in Clearwater, Florida.
The public demand for his paintings proved to be somewhat awkward for Schoeller when he applied to the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna in 1968. He showed up at the interview with only two etchings (which he had to borrow back from clients). And, when the panel learned that he’d sold all his paintings, they praised his work and told him to go and paint on his own because there was nothing they could teach him. But, as he was leaving the interview, he was invited to join a master’s class, which he accepted. After a year, however, Schoeller decided to leave school and see the world. He embarked upon an extended trip that took him to Mexico City, Los Angeles and New York City, where he set up a studio and resided for nearly four years. Schoeller moved back to Salzburg, Austria, in 1974. He stayed for two years-- painting, staging exhibitions, selling his works and enjoying what proved to be a very idyllic time in his life. Then, on New Year’s Day 1976, he moved to Vienna, where he set up a studio, continued painting and began doing exhibitions throughout Europe. Schoeller’s interest in oil painting and, more specifically, in portraiture inspired him to research various masters’ techniques for using oils and resins to create paintings that would stand the test of time. In libraries and museums, he conducted an exhaustive search into old masters’ methods of painting, read ancient recipes and consulted with art restorers to give him a thorough understanding of the medium. As a result, he emerged with innovative new techniques and a refined approach that made his paintings come alive. Robert has spent the last 20 years in Clearwater, Florida where he found an abandoned ice factory which he is renovating into an art gallery/residence/studio in the old venetian style.is known for his exceptional level of beauty and aestetics. Schoeller has portrayed over 800 Subjects and specializes in portraiture.