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ROBERT STEINEM began painting as a teenager. His work then was influenced by the surrealists, particularly de Chirico and Magritte. After an eye injury in the Marines, Steinem quit painting for twenty years — yet the thought of painting kept nagging at him. Finally, instead of being limited by his legal blindness, he found a way to work through those limitations. An ophthalmologist friend designed special glasses and Steinem reconstructed his easel to make it strong enough to stand on. His detailed work requires an almost “nose to canvas” approach. Since the mid-1990’s, Steinem has concentrated entirely on his painting career. His home and studio are in rural Massachusetts at the foothills of the Green Mountains, where he lives with
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