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Brother Robert Lentz, OFM, is a Franciscan friar whose innovative icons are known throughout the world.

Brother Robert Lentz, OFMHe is member of Holy Name Province, and is stationed at St. Bonaventure University, in Olean, New York, where he hopes to establish a school of Franciscan iconography. Besides painting many hours each day, he teaches apprentices, writes, and conducts workshops on art and spirituality throughout the United States. Brother Robert is active in promoting dialog between Muslims and Christians. He is also committed to the indigenization of Byzantine iconography in the various cultures embraced by the Church. Brother Robert was born in rural Colorado in 1946. His grandparents emigrated from tsarist Russia in the early 1900's. He studied Byzantine iconography by apprenticing himself to a master painter from the school of Photios Kontoglou in a Greek Orthodox monastery founded from Mount Athos. He belongs to the Byzantine Rite, but has focused his life and his work on the radical changes facing all Christians in our day. His icons reflect his experiences among the poor in this country and in the Third World, as well as his Franciscan and Russian roots. They are filled with bright colors and often depict contemporary subjects. While always striving to remain true to the essence of Byzantine iconography, he adapts traditional conventions in order to minister better to the emerging Church. His icons remain transcendent expressions of the ancient Christian Tradition, and they invite us into communion with God and the saints.

Click here to see thumbnails and details of his icons.

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written by John Bowdle, RScP, March 23, 2010
I have admired Robert's icons for years. I had absolutely no idea he was a Franciscan. If he is from the Holy Name province, I bet he knew Fr. Mychal Judge. I think he might have painted an icon featuring him.
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written by happy ramadan wishes, August 02, 2011
I have admired Robert's icons for years. I had absolutely no idea he was a Franciscan. If he is from the Holy Name province, I bet he knew Fr. Mychal Judge. I think he might have painted an icon featuring him
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written by Barbara Cullom, May 04, 2013
I cannot thank Robert Lentz enough for the racial, gender, temporal and notion of "holiness" that characterize his art. I grew up Roman Catholic in New Jersey in the 50s and 60s, and saw plenty of blond or light haired depictions of Mary, Jesus and various saints. I am now an ordained UCC ministers. It was the broadly inclusive aspects of the UCC that attracted me, and over the years more and more Roberts Lentz cards have gone up on my "Women Wall" at home as I seek to restore to myself the half of humanity and persons of color I did not see in the 50's and 60s. I cannot thank him and other non-traditional artists of religious persons who depict all of the human diversity our Creative Creator blesses this world with. BAC
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