When Honolulu-born Robert “Kobi” Kobayashi passed away in December, the New York Times ran a detailed obituary calling him an “artist of whimsy.” The paper delved into the life of the artist, who had moved to New York in the 1950s and became a fixture of the neighborhood now known as NoLIta. He returned home with his wife late in life, and died at his Mānoa home at age 90.
Kobayashi studied under Willson Stamper here at the museum (then the Honolulu Academy of Arts). And although he went on to study in Paris and at the Brooklyn Museum’s art school, Kobayashi said Stamper remained the best art teacher he ever had, and changed his life. Which is why friends are helping his widow hold a sale of Kobayashi’s work to benefit the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Hawaiian Humane Society. Kobayashi wished to help young aspiring artists as he once was.
Selected Works by Robert Kobayashi
Feb 4 • 11am-7pm
Pacific Guardian Center • 733 Bishop St • Makai Tower Courtyard, in front of elevator upon exiting
Kobayashi’s work is also available to view by appointment now through Feb 9.
To make an appointment, contact: 808-225-1072, moc.loanull@pmujtra