Robert Colescott was an American born painter best known for prominent criticism of racial and sexual stereotypes through his artwork. Colescott was born in Oakland California, and served in the military during World War II. After the war he studied art at the University of California, Berkeley. The application of racial issues has a reoccurring application in his paintings and has paved the way for other African-American artists such as Kalup Linzy, and Kara Walker. In 1949, Colescott lived in Paris, and matured as an artist. He received his masters from Berkeley and spent a decade teaching. At the age of 71, he became the first African-American to represent the United States in an exhibition at the Venice Biennale, an event he compared to the breaking of the color barrier by Jackie Robinson into professional baseball. Robert Colescott’s work is displayed in several prestigious museums including the Museum of Modern Art, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.