Robert De Niro, Sr. was part of the celebrated New York School of post-war American artists. His work blended abstract and expressionist styles of painting with traditional representational subject matter, bridging European Modernism and Abstract Expressionism. He studied at the renowned Black Mountain College under Josef Albers from 1939 to 1940 and later with Hans Hofmann in New York and Provincetown through 1942. In 1945, DeNiro was included in a group exhibition at Peggy Guggenheim's Art of This Century gallery in New York, and had his first solo exhibition there the following year. In 1968, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. He continued to exhibit during his lifetime at galleries and museums throughout the United States. De Niro spent summers in The Hamptons during the 1960s. His work is included in numerous public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In 2009, a retrospective of his work was presented at the Matisse Museum in Nice, France.