December 2, 1937-October 5, 2006
The late, Bob Straube, had an exciting and rewarding career. Painting, advertising management, commercial art, and product development marked some of his creative achievements. But, first and foremost, he was an artist.
In 1994 Bob became the grateful recipient of a heart transplant. Faced with ongoing medical problems and numerous physical challenges, Bob maintained his incredibly positive attitude. One of his favorite quotes was, “If you focus on your inabilities and pains, you will have no time to realize your strengths and gains”. Despite the many health setbacks he encountered, he strived to challenge himself as an artist, always working towards his next creation. He believed, “Your best painting is always your next painting”.
Bob Straube is widely recognized as one of the Midwest’s most prolific painters. Painting since a child in 50 years Bob has produced over 5000 works of art for commercial, public and private collections across the country. In Minnesota, Bob was beloved by his painting students as he became an extremely popular teacher over the period of 35 years.
A studio and plein air painter, Bob was skilled in oils, watercolors and acrylics. He produced an impressive body of work in nearly every category including aviation, seascapes, landscapes and still-lifes. Bob earned a degree in Commercial Art from Southern Illinois University and attended classes at the University of Hawaii and Northwestern University. During the 60’s and 70’s Bob ran his own pottery studio. Having taken numerous workshops, he studied alongside some of the country’s finest painters. Before retiring in 1993 due to a medical disability, he spent several years painting scenes for check backgrounds at Deluxe Check Printers. With virtually billions of checks printed with his images, he is likely to be the most printed artist in the country.
Bob served as president of the Northstar Watercolor Society and was active in Oil Painters of America and the Air Force Art Program. Some of his aviation paintings hang in the Pentagon. Several galleries throughout the Midwest represent Bob’s paintings and he was regularly commissioned by Courage Center for their yearly Christmas cards. He taught classes and workshops, published prints, wrote articles for national art magazines, and completed videos for Cable TV.
On October 5, 2006, Bob passed away after suffering complications from a stroke. Bob was able to capture the beauty around us and through his art, continues to inspire and touch us all. This was his gift and his legacy.