Robert Sirko, MFA
Associate Professor of Art
MFA – California Institute of the Arts (1988)
B.A. – Indiana University Bloomington (1982)
Professor Robert Sirko, MFA, began his career as a graphic designer and worked in Chicago and Los Angeles. He joined the faculty of Valparaiso University in 1989. He teaches courses in graphic and digital design, including animation, and served as department chair from 2000 until 2013.
Professor Sirko’s paintings are derivative of several inspirations that include the Chicago Imagists, Central and South American art, and various popular culture motifs. His vivid color palette is heavily influenced by Mexican and South American traditions. Professor Sirko asserts that if one is to make paintings today, she or he must be bold and aggressive and possess an iconic presence in order to compete amongst the myriad communication forms that vie for our attention in today’s media-rich environment.
As owner of R Sirko Design, Professor Sirko has consulted with various institutions and businesses on a local and regional level. His work has appeared in International Design Magazine and The New American Logo and has received recognition from the American Center for Design and the AIGA.
Professor Sirko’s experimental video animation, “It Came From Planet Meta 4,” is on YouTube.