Originally from central Ohio, Robert Heischman attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and studied painting, printmaking and the history of art and architecture. He completed his graduate work at the Ruskin School of Drawing (now Fine Art) at Oxford University, Oxford England.

Currently he is a Professor in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY and teaches drawing and painting courses in the School of Art.

Robert has been represented by the Sherry French Gallery, New York City, NY, the Oxford Gallery, Rochester, New York, and has exhibited widely including at the Brooklyn Museum, the Chautauqua Institution, the Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY, and the Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY, The Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY, the Society of Illustrators, NYC, Kathryn Markel Gallery, NYC. His work can be found in numerous collections including ATT, IBM, City Bank, Mobil Chemical, Ardsley Ames, and Coopers Lybrand in NYC, Kodak and Xerox Corporations in NYC and Rochester, NY, Strong Memorial Hospital, the University of Rochester, and Chase Lincoln Bank in Rochester NY, Hyatt Corporation, Atlanta Georgia, and Northwest Memorial Hospital and Arthur Anderson & Co. in Chicago, as well as in many private collections.

Robert has been Guest Artist and Lecturer at the Brooklyn Museum and the Chautauqua Institute, and a guest Scholar at Shanghai University, Shanghai, China, and has taught in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Robert travels frequently and has visited the Balkan countries and Eastern Europe, Turkey, Thailand, and has traveled at length in Britain, Western Europe, China, Indonesia, India, and Egypt.