Growing up in the northwest exurbs of Minneapolis, Robert Wilde studied art in high school and, in the 1960's, at the University of Minnesota. Needing to pay the rent every month, Wilde went to work for his landlord who was just starting Crest Electronics (now Crest Healthcare), manufacturing nurses call, door alarm and fire alarm systems. Here he developed broad experience in plastics and metals manufacturing processes, mechanical and electrical design, drafting and technical illustrating.
Returning to artistic endeavors in mid-life, Wilde completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts degrees in sculpture and drawing at St. Cloud State University, then taught sculpture, photography, drawing and design at the College of St. Benedict / St. John's University, in St. Joseph and Collegeville, MN for ten years.
Wilde works in various media - including photography, sculpture and drawing - depicting his view of God's incredible creation. In the early 1990's Wilde began working with digital printing and in 1999 began large format photographic and Giclee printing. He continues to maintain a digital/Giclee print studio in Dassel, Minnesota producing his own work and printing for other artists.