Robert Cottingham was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1935. He attended the Pratt Institute and received his BFA in 1963. Cottingham lives and works in Connecticut.
Cottingham's realist paintings and prints of American signage, architecture, and railroad imagery have been much esteemed, and much exhibited, over his four-decade career. Often based on extant paintings, his etchings are not only remarkable for their iconographic imagery, but for their technical mastery and often complex color separation. Harlan & Weaver's publication, "Women-Girls", 2002, is a large and striking print of neon light and its overlapping reflections on a yellow signboard. Work involved in the printing and intricate registration of five separate plates is well rewarded with an etching of saturated color and seamless execution.