Robert Larkin has an MFA from the California College of the Arts, and a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute as an Osher Merit Scholar. He has been the recipient of a San Francisco Arts Commission Project Organization Grant, a Zellerbach Family Grant, as well as an Osher Travel Scholarship.
Larkin has exhibited work in solo shows in the US and Italy, and group shows in the US, Italy, Berlin, and British Columbia. Born in New Jersey, Larkin has also lived in San Francisco, California, and Siena, Italy. Currently, the artist lives and works in Ojai, California, and San Casciano dei Bagni, Italy.