|Robert Rector was born in 1946 in Pascagoula, Mississippi. He developed his passion for printmaking, painting and drawing at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA where he received his BFA in 1971 and his MFA in 1973. His excitement for teaching others began as a teaching assistant at Louisiana State University. He continued to influence others as an Associate Professor at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. In 1981 he left teaching to devote all his time and energy to painting.