Robert Carroll was born in Painsville, Ohio and studied at Cleveland Institute of Art, graduating in 1957. He was awarded the Agnes Gund Travelling Scholarship. He moved to Italy in 1960 and has lived in Rome ever since, painting in a bold semi-realist style. Noted Italian art critic Professor Dario Micacchi describes Carroll as “a resistance figure in the Pop Art invasion of Europe, holding out his humanist lyricism against the movement”.
In the United States Carroll has exhibited in New York, Chicago, Madison and Washington D.C. and other major cities. In Europe he has shown in London, Vienna and numerous Italian galleries. His paintings are held in a number of Italian public collections and by the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio.