About Bob Snead

Bob’s determination to succeed led him to study at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, California, the University of Mainz in Mainz, Germany, under the tutelage of the late O.A Williams of Charlotte, North Carolina and Dr. Wolfgang Braun of West Germany.   He also studied under the noted impressionist Salviano Constantin.


In addition to his accomplishments as a cartoonist and artist, Bob has taken his story of the "Buffalo Soldiers" to the stage. As an actor he brings to life in an unusual one-act play "The Life and Times of Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper,” the first black graduate of the United States Military Academy (West Point.)


A retired veteran of 30 years of military service as a decorated dual-rated pilot, Bob earned 41 air  medals, three Purple Hearts, three Vietnam Crosses of Gallantry with Silver Star medals, two Bronze Stars with  V Devices, the Combat Infantry Badge, Senior Parachutist's Badge, and the Master Aviator Badge.


His credentials are numerous. His paintings hang in the Texas Governor's Mansion as well as around the world.  He was appointed Artist-In-Residence for the University of Texas at El Paso­ African American Studies in 1998. "The Errand of Corporal Ross," painted by Snead was selected as the model for the Buffalo Soldier Memorial erected at Fort Bliss in 1998. On November 5, 1999, Bob Snead was inducted into the El Paso International Hall of Fame for Visual Arts.