Robert Blunk was born in 1923 in Salyards, Kansas, a town that didn’t make it through the Great Depression. He graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1950 on the GI Bill, after serving in the Pacific with the Marine Corps in World War II.
Over the course of a 40-year teaching career in Chanute and Pittsburg, Kansas, and while active in the wider community, Blunk remained at work in his studio. There he explored ideas of object in space, color in form, and the prairie as sea, in gouache, oil, mixed media, and sculpture. Much of this studio work is only now coming to light.
As an artist active in the public realm, however, his sculptures, designs and installations have long enhanced civic spaces and main streets throughout Kansas and Missouri.