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“Only when we understand can we care. Only when we care will we help. Only when we help shall they be saved. " - Jane Goodall


My mission is to be a voice for primates and those who save them, through my art, words and deeds, to improve their condition, raise awareness and inspire others to help.

In 2007, I fell in love with an orphaned monkey. A tiny, scared, dehydrated flea-ridden monkey named Maasai. She was placed in my arms to care for and to protect. She looked up at me. That’s all it took. My life’s course changed in that instant.

I had taken 3 months off from my corporate job and frenzied New York City lifestyle to volunteer at a primate sanctuary in the jungles of Cameroon. I learned how deforestation and exploding human populations are decimating the non-human primate populations in the tropical rainforests of the world. Sanctuaries provide rehabilitation, care and a safe haven for these vulnerable displaced creatures, orphaned by burgeoning bushmeat hunting and the illegal pet trade. After caring for Maasai, I decided to leave my corporate job and dedicate myself to their cause, with my artwork as a way to serve.

I’ve created a collection of portraits of orphaned primates I have cared for over the years, along with their stories and voices, in order to draw attention to their plight. I have cared for a dozen species of monkeys as well as chimpanzees and gorillas, hand-raising the infants 24/7, and tending to the care, feeding and enrichment of those a little older. I call this collection “Witness.” It refers to the fact that most of these innocent creatures saw their mothers killed. And it refers to my having been a witness to their plight and the cruelty of humans. I have also had the privilege to observe at close range their fascinating personalities, intelligence, emotional range, dexterity and development. Each one has a story - Yoda the talapoin, the peacemaker; Sunshine, the baby baboon laughing nonstop while wrestling his monkey friend Abida; and mandrill Maggie May with her seductive gaze.

I always paint the eyes first. The two of us sitting there face to face, quietly communicating as I work. The subjects are small, but I paint them larger than life…..much larger. I want people to see them. To look into their eyes, and realize how intelligent, how sentient and how very beautiful and unique these beings are. There is direct engagement, a respect and recognition. We recognize ourselves in them, and – hopefully - traces of our own humanity. How can you allow harm to come to one whose soul you can see in their eyes, and they yours? How can you not be moved to want to protect them? That is what I hope my portraits portray.

My life is now linked inextricably to theirs. Their joy is my joy; their sorrow and pain, mine. These miraculous creatures have taught me so much. They are like us, only finer, more pure and elegant in their sense of self, which is also what I strive to capture in my work.

 
 

Latest Artwork
Frida - Juvenile patas monkey,  by Robin Huffman (2) Click to view a larger image. Frida  (2014)
Juvenile patas monkey,
36 x 60
acrylic on canvas

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Witness - Lesula monkey,  by Robin Huffman (2) Click to view a larger image. Witness  (2013)
Lesula monkey,
60 x 48
acrylic on canvas

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