About the artist

Robert Bern is an artist and healthcare technology person working in Santa Fe NM. He seeks to investigate the complex narratives, cultural meanings, and hidden biases revolving around healthcare and illness in the United States.

Note from the artist

It all started with a question posed off-handedly  in the midst of a casual conversation: “Do you know of any artists working more or less with healthcare issues?”

I did not.

 I could also never have known how that seed of a question would grow or how deeply I would be affected later on by issues of healthcare in my own life.

Just after I received my master's degree my mom died suddenly from a stroke and a couple of years later my father died from late stage Parkinson's. I still have a close relative who struggles mightily with a chronic illness that eludes diagnosis, not to mention treatment.

Although much of the work shown here is my way of understanding my own experiences with healthcare, it is even more so a means to give voice to those whose lives are affected by illness.  As a witness to other's suffering, I have a creative insight that I feel compelled to share.

Curriculum Vitae

Group Exhibitions


Pacific States Biennial North American Print Exhibition - University of Hawai'i Hilo, Hilo HI

The Ticked Off Art: Understanding Lyme Disease Through Art - Maple Grove Art Center, Maple Grove MN


Projekt30 - The Sex Issue: Volume 8, Online Exhibition

Rosenthal Gallery - Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville NC


MFA Graduate Exhibition - Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, Boston MA

Lesley University Presidents Home Juried Exhibition - Boston MA

Word Art Event - Eggman & Walrus Art Emporium, Santa Fe NM

Unfolding the Book - Grove Hall Library, Dorchester MA

EX EX V: Excerpt Exhibition - Santa Fe NM


EX EX IV: Excerpt Exhibition - Santa Fe NM


11th Annual Judeo Christian Online International Art Exhibition - Honorable Mention, Online Exhibition


EX EX III: Excerpt Exhibition - Santa Fe NM

Juried Student Show Santa Fe Community College Gallery - Santa Fe NM



Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University -  Boston MA, MFA

Bellarmine University -  Louisville KY, BA Mathematics