Cottingham was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1935 and received his B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
He held his first solo show in New York City at the famous O.K. Harris Gallery in 1971. He has also exhibited in many seminal group shows throughout the United States, France and Germany.
Robert Cottingham's work can be found in the following museums and collections: National Gallery of Art, Washington, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, National Academy of Design, New York, Orlando Museum of Art, Florida, Seavest Collection of Contemporary American Realism, University of Virginia Art Museum.
Above: "Barber Pole" by Robert Cottingham -
Below: Detail from Edward Hopper's "Early Sunday Morning".