Bob Fesser is an encaustic artist who lives and works in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area.

Originally from Chicago, Bob is a relative new comer to art and encaustics. His paintings

and encaustic photo transfers have quickly gained recognition and acceptance.  

Bob graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1982 with a BS and MS in Mechanical

Engineering and a minor in Art. It wasn’t until 2016, however; that Bob’s inner artist was

awakened. He was asked to create a piece of art for a local fundraiser.

The Bird Cage light box he created was a huge success at the event and a follow up piece,

inspired by the musician Prince, also garnered notoriety. While his initial light boxes were

a good blend of creativity and technology, Bob wanted to explore other mediums.

In 2017, encouraged by his wife, a successful artist as well, Bob was told about encaustics

and the process of encaustic painting. Bob was hooked as soon as he heard ‘fire.’

Feeling a passion in him had been ignited, Bob began taking classes in both 2D and 3D

encaustics, but he is largely self-taught. Bob continues to experiment with new techniques and explore the possibilities of encaustic art. He began doing commissioned pieces in June 2018.

In 2019 Bob began exhibiting in gallery’s. He was one of 3 artists chosen from an emerging artist exhibit at Morpho gallery in Chicago to exhibit again in October of 2019. In March 2019 Bob received an award of excellence from Manhattan Arts International for his submission of “Calhoun” in The Healing Power of Art exhibit.

"Calhoun" also received a Best in Show from Saddleback Gallery of Scottsdale, AZ in May of 2019.

Through out 2019 and 2020 Bob's work has continued to be recognized.


Bob's work is now represented in 4 galleries - River's End Gallery in Waukesha, WI,

The Gallori in Oconomowoc, WI, Camelback Gallery (On-line) in Scottsdale, AZ and

Woodwalk Gallery in Door County, WI. 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS - Awards, Shows & Exhibitions

  • 2019

  • Emerging Artist Exhibit; Morpho Gallery, Chicago IL; January 2019

  • Award of Excellence; Healing Power of Art 2019; Manhattan Arts International; January - March 2019

  • "Art at the Garden" at Boerner Botanical Gardens, Milwaukee May 2019

  • Best in Show, "I Love Nature" on-line exhibit by Camelback Gallery. May-June 2019

  • Contemporary Ancients Exhibit, South Haven Center for the Arts, South Haven, MI; August 24 – September 19, 2019

  • Best in Show Finalist, "Abstracts with Blue II" on-line exhibit by Camelback Gallery. September - October 2019​

  • The Little Mini Tiny Show, The Pink Llama Gallery, Cedarburg, WI; September 20 - December 1, 2019

  • FAYUM 21, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL;  September 26 – October 26, 2019

  • Go Wild! Exhibit, Scout Gallery, Milwaukee, WI; October 4 – October 19, 2019

  • Best of the Emerging Artists Show 2019, Morpho Gallery; October 18 - November 8, 2019.

  • FireWORKS, The Dole, Crystal Lake, IL; October 4 - 19, 2019

  • Affair of the Arts, The Shores of Turtle Creek, Spring Grove, IL; November 17, 2019

  • 2020

  • Sum of the Parts, Oesterle Library Gallery  - North Central College, Naperville, IL January 4 - March 4, 2020

  • Curiosity, Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL; January 15 - February 22, 2020

  • Best in Show Finalist, "Abstracts with Red" on-line exhibit by Camelback Gallery. January - February 2020​

  • 2020 League of Milwaukee Artists Exhibition, Anderson Arts Center, Kenosha, WI; February 22 - August 29, 2020 

  • Best in Show, "Bold Abstracts" on-line exhibit by Camelback Gallery. April 2019

  • "Art at the Garden" at Boerner Botanical Gardens, Milwaukee May 2020 - Cancelled due to COVID

  • Wisconsin Wax Encaustic Exhibition, Gallery 110 North, Plymouth Arts Center; Plymouth, Wisconsin.                               August 14 - October 2, 2020, Opening Reception August 19 4:30 - 7:30 pm. 

  • "Seeing Double", Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL; September 3 - October 3, 2020.
  • The Little Mini Tiny Show, The Pink Llama Gallery, Cedarburg, WI; November 7 - December 31, 2020

  • Waukesha Art Crawl, downtown Waukesha, WI December 5, 2020

  • 2021

  • "Who's Afraid of Red" Exhibition, Gallery Studio Oh!, Chicago, IL; December 11, 2020 - January 8, 2021

  • Bronze Award (Honorable Mention) "Black & White" on-line exhibit by Camelback gallery, February 2021


  • "Art at the Garden" at Boerner Botanical Gardens, Milwaukee May 

  • "artWork" at Grohmann Museum, Milwaukee School of Engineering, League of Milwaukee Artists; June                                   

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