Born on July 14th, 1934 in Mt Holly, New Jersey, Robert Cox worked and lived between New York and England. He studied at the Katharine Gibbs School of Art from 1953 until 1956 before joining Mayhew Peakes Inc. as a graphic designer. In 1962, Cox resigned and moved to California, whose landscapes gave him ample floral source material. He began painting floral scenes voraciously, reimagining classic 17th century still lifes through a 20th century point of view. A staunch advocate for artists' rights, he was part of the Artist Workers Coalition, a group of artists, filmmakers, writers, and museum staff in New York who worked to pressure museums to enact political reforms. He painted prolifically through the 1970s and 80s in an updated Victorian style, what some call Neo Victorian, with which he rendered his still life paintings with a sharp and dramatic clarity. He was awarded the Brown Hammerson Medal of Honour for services to art in 1986.
Cox's paintings are represented in galleries and museums worldwide.