Robert Lenkiewicz was born of Jewish parents who were refugees settled in England. His mother, Alicia, was the daughter of Baron Von Schlossberg, who, as court painter to King Ludwig of Bavaria, was responsible for many of the ceiling paintings in the extraordinary Baroque castles.
His obsession with painting was evident as early as the age of nine, when he produced pictures using brushes made from his own hair. Later, he stitched together remnants of banner canvas obtained from local stores, in order to create works of over 300 feet in length.
Lenkiewicz went on to study at Saint Martin’s School of Art and subsequently at the Royal Academy. Following a period of teaching in London, he moved to the South West of England where he eventually settled into a spacious studio at Plymouth’s Barbican until his death.