Robi Walters is a London-based artist that transforms discarded materials into beautiful works of art.Over the past decade Robi Walters’ mesmerising, colourful collages have attracted celebrity collectors such as Thandie Newton, Maxim from the Prodigy and Major Lazer’s Diplo and Jillionaire. In 2017 Robi presented a piece to Olympic gold medalist UsainBolt. Music is a powerful influence and he has collaborated with several renowned musicians including U2, Mary J Blige and Sir Paul McCartney in order to raise money for charities.
Through the practice of meditation and an early fascination with art, Robi has been able to turn a difficult start in life into a positive mindset and living ethos. Robi’s fascination to work with abandoned materials, such as discarded flyers and broken vinyl, was informed by his early childhood years. Marked by an initial period of trauma and upheaval, he found himself separated from his mother and placed into social care. With this renewed perspective,Walters made his first sculpture out of the contents of his recycling bin over a decade ago.The piece was conceptualised when he started to think about human consumption, sustainability and the effects of unconscious consumerism. Rifling through the bin and pulling out old cereal boxes, he began cutting petals before arranging them into an exuberant 1,000-petalled lotus, constructed in line with the rules of sacred geometry.
Over the past decade, Walters’ art has built a reputation for being socially-charged as well as beautiful. He works with unusual materials, such as discarded packaging from household items, broken vinyl LPs and the surplus bi-product from commercial manufacturing. Robi’s artistic practice echoes his own life. The process of taking discarded objects and making them beautiful and ‘wanted’ reflects the spirit of transformation with which he has turned his own life around. He has opened his own studio and gallery in Soho and continues to break past his own boundaries to make his dreams reality.