Actor-artist-historian, Bob Snead has spent a lifetime studying the brave
struggles of the most overlooked soldiers ever to wear the United States
Army uniform- the "Buffalo Soldiers".
Born George Robert Snead in Charlotte, North Carolina in January 1936, his art and drama
careers began in the school system and progressed as he traveled throughout the world.
Determination and success led him to study at the Chouinard Art institute in Los Angeles,
California, the University of Mainz in Mainz, Germany, under the personal tutelage of the late
O.A. Williams of Charlotte and Dr. Wolfgang Braun of West Germany. Snead also studied with
noted Italian impressionist, Salviano Constantini.
A successful cartoonist of military and political life, Snead has shown keen insight into these
two aspects of our society. His deft pen and wit raised the ire of many a politician and general
alike. Although his name may not be a household word to the readers of more well known
tabloids, his works have been appreciated by millions...and he likes it that way.
A retired veteran of 30 years of military service as a decorated dual-rated pilot, Snead earned
41 air medals, three Purple Hearts, three Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star medals,
two Bronze Stars with V Devices, the Combat Infantry badge, and the Master Aviator badge.
In addition to his accomplishments as a cartoonist and artist, Bob Snead has taken his story of
the "Buffalo Soldiers" to the stage. As an actor, Snead brings to life an unusual one act play,
the life and times of Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper, the first black graduate of the United States
Military Academy (West Point).
One of Snead's recent works was "The Legacy: Lest We Forget", a commemorative painting
honoring the dedication of the Buffalo Solider Monument at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The
Errand of Cpl. Ross, a painting of Snead, was used as the model for the Buffalo Solider Statue
at the Robert Lee Gate at Fort Bliss.
February 2004, Gov. Rick Perry appointed Snead to the Texas Commission on the Arts for a 6
year term. As Commissioner, Snead is an advocate for art projects and programs throughout the
state-to include the funding of art education through grants.
Despite all of his accomplishments, most days you will find Snead at the Frame Workshop. His
goal is to make sure photos, posters and fine art are displayed in the most expressive and
artistic manner through fine custom framing.