Robert Freeman was born on the Rincon Indian Reservation in 1939. He is Hunkpapa Sioux and Luiseno. His first 10 years of his life included living in Rincon, Res., Vallejo (Bay area), and summers at Crow Creek Reservation, South Dakota. At the age of 11 his mother settled in Escondido where he grew up.
In 1967, Robert Freeman decided to become a professional artist. Late 1970's he was on his way to a promising career with exhibitions throughout the United States including Alaska and Hawaii. By 1980's and 90's Freeman had won over 200 art awards and had become a well seasoned International artist with exhibits in Mexico, Canada, Germany, Japan, Senegal West Africa, and the Vatican in Rome.
Museum exhibits include Atka Lakota, Chamberlain, SD; Whitney, Cody, WY; The Autry, Los Angeles, CA; Heard, Phoenix, AZ; Museum of Man, San Diego, CA; Riverside Museum, Riverside, CA; South West Museum, Los Angeles, CA.
His biography appears in Who's Who in CA; Who's Who in SD; Who's Who in America; International Who's Who; Encyclopedia of the American Indian; Indian of North America; Contemporary Personages (Italy); Man of Achievement; and Print world Contemporary Prints and Prices.
Freeman is also a Public Art Artist. His murals are on the walls of the Los Angeles County Library at San Gabriel, CA, and at the Perris Indian Museum, Perris, CA. In 2008 Cal State University San Marcos installed Freeman's life-size bronze cougar sculpture on the 3rd floor administration building courtyard. The same year Robert Freeman created a 14' concrete abstract sculpture at the entrance of the college. In 2006 he created Coronne, the first historical life size bronze sculpture in the state of California honoring a Native American woman, she is erected in San Juan Capistrano. In 2002 he was commissioned to design a Commemorative Seal by the State of California. The 6' diameter bronze seal is embedded on the steps of the capitol building in Sacramento. In 1997 he created a life-size bronze sculpture erected at Santa Fe Springs, CA.
Freeman has received letters of appreciation from Governors of California, Pennsylvania, Indiana, New Mexico, and South Dakota.
Robert Freeman defies most categories. He is an artist who works in a array of mediums and styles such as pencil, pen, ink, acrylic, mixed media, oils, and sculptures of wood, stone, and bronze.