King of roof top sculptures, frogs, iguanas, Volkswagens, and longhorns, Daddy-O was born in 1943 in Austin, TX and grew up all over the state in the hotels his father managed.
His high school years were spent in El Paso where he worked on custom cars and embraced the border town sensibility. He returned to Austin in 1961 to attend the University of Texas and received his BFA in Fine Art.
Daddy-O attended University of California at Berkley for his MA in Art. He returned to Texas to teach and received 3 NEA grants. He has exhibited in biennials in Paris, New Orleans, and the Whitney Museum in New York. Bob’s big scale photo canvases joined the collections of Chase Manhattan Bank, AT&T, The Dallas Museum of Art, The Menil Collection in Houston, and the Royal Palace in Monaco.
His most notable projects include the 1978, 40’ long Giant Iguana on top of the Lone Star Café in New York, which was reinstalled by helicopter at the Fort Worth Zoo in 2010, the 40’ tall Cowboy Boots made in Washington, DC and moved to San Antonio in 1979, the 70’ tall Giant Saxophone in Houston, and the 12’ dancing Frogs formerly at Carl’s Corner Truck Stop near Hillsboro, TX. Now three reside in Dallas and three in Nashville.
His 1995 book, “Daddy-O: Iguana Heads and Texas Tales” chronicles the adventures of this legendary Texas artist who has crated iconic art throughout the world. Bob is also a veteran of the “art documentary,” having been featured in the 1976 PBS film “Jackelope” by Ken Harrison and criss-crossing Texas again in 1995 for the Karen Dinitz documentary “Too High Too Wide Too Long”.