Robert M. Weiss

New York designer Robert Weiss works in collaboration with artisans in Peru to create one-of-a-kind handmade pieces. The artisans use Old World techniques of reverse painting. The process requires the design to be meticulously painted in the reverse on the glass and then, placed paint-side down into the frame.

Reverse painting on glass is a very old art style brought by the Spaniards to Peru in the 1400s. When the Spaniards settled in Peru they brought many of their household items from Spain. Reverse painting on glass became ingrained in the art and craft movement of Peru, becoming a well-defined part of the vernacular of everyday products and household goods.

With the advent of the computer age, fewer and fewer Peruvian youth are assuming the career of artisan. Hence many Old World techniques, such as reverse painting are no longer being passed on. The creations of Weiss and the Peruvian artisans represent a glorious and proud heritage within the Peruvian art movement.