The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” 
- Pablo Picasso 

Robert Scholten is an artist and illustrator from Melbourne, Australia, famous for his use of vibrant colours, rich textures and naive imagery. Robert's work can be seen in a multitude of contexts, from from mural paintings to children's books.

He creates an otherworldy mix of characters, symbols, textures, and colours that clash and harmonise at the same time. Drawing from a diverse range of inspiration, Robert's creativity equally delving into folk art as much as places and people he has seen and experienced. The end result is a body of work that celebrates life.

His work is informed by his background, extensive travels and life experiences. As an Australian artist with Filipino and Dutch parents, the mixing of cultures, layers and styles is integral to the expression his inner world. 



2010 Master of Fine Art, RMIT, Melbourne

2007 Advanced Diploma of Visual Design, Swinburne University, Melbourne

2003 Bachelor's Degree of Information Systems, Monash University, Melbourne



2014 Wanting, Gallery Number 9, Melbourne

2013 Collective Momentum, 106 Gallery, Melbourne

2011 Community Spirit, Toyota Emerging Artists, Melbourne

2011 Drawn Again, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

2010 Drawn, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

2010 Heroes, 106 Gallery, Melbourne

2010 RMIT Masters Graduates, Guildford Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2009 Traces of Being, RMIT Project Space, Melbourne

2008 Animal Tales, 106 Gallery, Melbourne

2009 National Maritime Art Awards, Maritime Museum, Melbourne

2008 Animal Tales, 106 Gallery, Melbourne



2015 Creativity in the Everyday, University lecture, Phnom Penh

2015 Sketchbooks, Zupi Magazine #46, São Paulo

2015 Artist feature page, Unleashed Wakeboard Magazine, Toulouse

2014 The Art of Urban Sketching, Shenyang

2015 Sketchbooks, Zupi Magazine #46, São Paulo

2010 Sketches and Doodles, b* creative Magazine #9

2009 Jikininki, RMSED Magazine, Melbourne



2015 Ock Pop Tok, Mural, Luang Prabang

2014 Rasta Tree, Mural, Chiang Mai

2014 Night and Day, Mural, Melbourne

2014 Freedom Fighters, Mural, Melbourne

2014 Creative Minds, Mural, Melbourne

2013 Somachi, Mural, Melbourne

2013 Tree of Life, Mural, Melbourne

2012 Art Jam, Performance, Manila

2010 Lake Attack, Art Facilitator, Manila

2007 KPMG Global conference, Art Facilitator, Ho Chi Minh City

2005 Chaplin, Mural, Osaka

2005 Pierrot Harbour, Mural, Osaka



2012 - 2014 Lead Digital and UX Designer, WSP Digital, Melbourne

2010 - 2012 Senior Designer, Connective, Melbourne

2008 - 2010 Creative Director, Red Penny Studios, Melbourne

2008 Art and Multimedia Design Instructor, CATC, Melbourne

2007 - 2008 Graphic Designer, Igloo, Melbourne

2006 - 2007 Graphic Designer, Cowan, Melbourne