Rauschenberg, Robert

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Rauschenberg, Robert Gender: M
Milton Ernest Rauschenberg
born on 22 October 1925 at 11:30 (= 11:30 AM )
Place Port Arthur, Texas, 29n54, 93w56
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 28°48' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 02°04 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 04°24'

Robert Rauschenberg
photo: Fvlcrvm, license gfdl


American artist, painter, sculptor and silkscreen artist, considered one of the most influential figures in avant-garde art since the '50s.

Born Milton Rauschenberg and one-quarter Cherokee Indian, he grew up in a small oil industry town on Texas' Gulf Coast. A loner as a child, he thought he would become a preacher, influenced by his very religious mother. Drafted into the Navy in 1943, he was stationed in San Diego, serving as a neuropsychiatric technician. While in San Diego, a trip to Huntington Gardens Library was his first experience of being exposed to art and made him think that perhaps he too could be a painter.

After he completed his tour of duty, he moved to Los Angeles in 1945, and got a job in the Ballerina Bathing Suit Factory. A friend whom he met there encouraged him to go to the Kansas City Art Institute. Later he went to Paris, where he attended the Academie Julian on the GI Bill. In Paris, he met artist Susan Weil, who led him to Black Mountain College in North Carolina, where much of America's mid-century avant-garde art was instigated. While at Black Mountain, he studied under legendary Bauhaus alumnus Josef Albers who taught his students to scavenge for "objets trouves" ("junk" in English) and incorporate them into their art. Rauschenberg loved this and even took the garbage man's job at Black Mountain so he could scavenge for rubbish.

He married Weil in June 1950, and attended Black Mountain off and on from 1948 to 1952. By 1949, he was spending most of his time in New York, taking classes at the Art Students League. In 1951, he was featured in a group show that included many of Manhattan's Abstract Expressionists. He and Susan and their son, Christopher, then moved back to Black Mountain.

By 1952, he was divorced, brought on by his friendship with a young artist from Virginia, Cy Twombly. The friendship left little time for his family, with at least one published report stating that his sexuality was changing at this time. In 1954, he met Jasper Johns, and for the next five years the two were inseparable.

In 1955, he made a quantum leap with "Bed," the first of about 60 other works of the same type that he made through 1959. During this time, he also designed sets, costumes and lighting for experimental theater.

With the social upheavals of the '60s, he became more politicized. In 1965, Life magazine commissioned him to visualize a modern "Inferno" and he used the assignment to vent his rage at the Vietnam War, racial violence, neo-Nazism, political assassinations and ecological disasters.

He moved from activist to philanthropist, and as his work started getting higher prices, he started giving away large sums. (The record price for one of his paintings, "Rebus," is $7.3 million.) In 1970, he co-founded Change, Inc. a non-profit organization that helps sick and indigent artists. He also took on "Experiments in Art and Technology" as a pet cause. He also founded, in the '80s, the Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange which took him to 12 countries where he became immersed in native cultures, and worked with local artists.

In 1968, he moved to Captiva outside of Ft. Myers, Fla., and his holdings there now consist of about 35 acres.

He died of heart failure in Captiva, Florida on 12 May 2008.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Social : Joined group 1943 (U.S. Navy)
  • Work : New Career 1945 (Worked for bathing suit company)
  • Social : Begin a program of study 1949 (N.Y. Art Students League)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1950 (To Susan Weil)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1951 (Exhibited in group art show)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1952 (From Susan)
  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 1954 (With Jasper Johns)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1955 (Exhibit of "Bed")
  • Work : Contracts, agreements 1965 (Life Magazine commissioned one of his works)
  • Family : Change residence 1968 (Moved to Captiva, FL)
  • Work : Start Business 1970 (Founded "Change, Inc" non-profit organization)
  • Death by Heart Attack 12 May 2008 in Captiva (Age 82)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield submitted birth certificates. The original document filed 5 Nov. 1925 names "Milton Ernest Rauschenberg" born at 11:30am. The second certificate date-stamped "May 13 1948" has 10am.

Previously this entry had 10 AM quoted from Gauquelin Book of American Charts.

Felipe Ferreira quotes a TV documentary about the artist in which a spiral-shaped painting entitled "Autobiography" shows his birth date and place, by the side of which is a picture of his horoscope with an ASC of 5 Cap 06, Moon 2 Cap 04 which equates to 11:33 AM CST. We may consider that either the B.C. time was in error or his chart was later rectified. [The original BC forwarded by Scholfield states 11:30AM].


  • Traits : Body : Race (One-fourth Cherokee)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage less than 3 Yrs (Two years with Susan)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (One)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One son)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Philanthropist (Overseas culture contributions)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy
  • Lifestyle : Home : Home centered (35 acres in Florida)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Bi-Sexual (Initially heterosexual turned homosexual)
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Silkscreen and sculptor)
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner (Non-profit organization for sick and indigent artists)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Production jobs (Costume, lighting and set design)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (Two years in Navy)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession