Robert Hanes was born in Fontainbleau, near Paris, in 1920. He showed an early interest in painting, and in particular the artists and art movements connected to the region: the school of Barbizon, the Impressionists working at Moret Sur Loing, and the work of Corot. As a child he would spend many hours sketching in the Foret de Fontainbleau.
Robert Hanes attended the École Estienne ( a college specialising in printing, design and topography) in Paris, followed by a period at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière, an art school which did not adhere to strict academic principals, and which paved the way for ‘Art Independant’, producing many renowned twentieth century artists.
After military service during World War Two, Robert Hanes became very active in the world of the Parisian press, and today is considered one of the masters of topographical design for journals, books, and advertisements. He also exhibited his paintings for the first time in 1947 at the Salon des Moins de Trente Ans, where he impressed the critics with his lyrical paintings. After this success he participated in numerous exhibitions, both one man, and group shows in various Salons and Paris galleries. He was equally accomplished with many different techniques - drawing, watercolour, pastel, gouache, oil and collage.
Robert Hanes paintings can be found in various public and private collections, both in France and other countries.
He died in 1998.