Robert Bowers Mayo, son of an accomplished equestrian pastel artist, followed in his father’s footsteps, doing post graduate work in studio art and art history at the Art Students League in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago. He earned his BFA at Richmond Professional Institute and is a graduate of St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, Virginia.
He is director of Gallery Mayo for 30 years, which specializes in 19th and 20th century American and European painting. He served as director of the Valentine Museum and Jamestown Festival Park. He is a member of the American Society of Appraisers, and served on the Southeastern Museum Conference, Virginia Museum Conference and the National Council of American Association of Museums.
His delightful, entertaining insight into the world of art and artists has been enjoyed across the country, as he has lectured on American Art and Art History. His articles on American Sporting Art and 19th and 20th century American and European painting have been published in the magazines, American Art Review and Antiques.