Robert Cottingham (born 1935 in Brooklyn, New York) is considered to be one of most important original photorealist painters. Cottingham's work focuses on items associated as Americana. He studied art at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute. His first solo show was in 1971 at the O.K. Harris Gallery in New York. In 1990, he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate Academician, and became a full Academician in 1994. A retrospective of Cottingham's work took place at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 1998.
There is a painting ("Bacon and Eggs") by this painter in the Boca Raton Museum of Art, in Florida. There was a special exhibit of his "Star Series" paintings in the Boca Raton Florida Art Museum in 2010.