Robert Oxnam

Robert Oxnam is the former president of the Asia Society (1981-92), America’s leading public education institution on all aspects of the Asia/Pacific region. In recent years, he has been an advisor the Bessemer Group, and a traveling China lecturer for various individuals (Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, President George H.W. Bush) and institutions (Society of International Business Fellows and Robinson College of Business). In the early 1990s, he served as Special Correspondent for the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, where he hosted a nine-part special on China. Over the years, he has authored several non-fiction books on China (including Ruling From Horseback), two novels (Cinnabar and Ming), and a psychological autobiography (A Fractured Mind). He was educated at Williams College (BA) and Yale University (MA, PhD).

In recent years, he has engaged in several visual arts projects with special emphasis on sculpture. Since 2006, Oxnam has opened a new chapter – creating weathered wood sculpture inspired by the great tradition of Chinese scholars’ rocks. See "Exhibitions" section of this website for several past shows and future exhibitions.