Robert Achtemichuk was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan and graduated with a fine arts degree from the University of Manitoba and further studies in France and Mexico. He has been the Executive Director of several organizations including Open Studio, the Waterloo Regional Arts Council and the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery. He recently received artist grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Waterloo Regional Arts Fund to develop and exhibit new paintings at Homer Watson Art Gallery, the Glenhyrst Art Callery, Art Barrage, and Agnes Jamieson in Minden. He received the Award of Excellence from the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition in 2012.
"I am curious about visual phenomena happening from my own back yard. The views from my window and from the back door into the yard and beyond have become locations of contemplation and receptivity. I am mostly receptive to colour. It fascinates me. Like Moriandi, I recycle the same elements, referencing the ever-changing possiblilities in this limited subject matter. My interest has grown from the full moon in the sky, the trees and the buildings, to include effects of the moon, the city lights and the atmosphere."