29: Robert Diehl

Categories: 100 Creatives

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

Robert Diehl
See also: Downtown Residents Sign Petition to Save the "Phoenix Ficus"
See also: Community Members and Business Owners Talk Urban Placemaking at TEDxScottsdaleSalon
See also: "Oh, The Faces I Know" at Bokeh Gallery

Robert Diehl is from New York City and describes himself as an "organizer, or maybe just an appreciator sort of, of the changing zeitgeist." He curates Bokeh Gallery in downtown Phoenix and has helped organized countless community events including TedxScottsdale and the effort to save the "Phoenix Ficus."

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Bob Diehl
Bokeh Gallery

"I've found history often does repeat itself as farce," he says. "At the moment I'm trying to help my neighborhood figure out how to do balanced residential development, get a locally owned grocery store operating near here, get art collectors downtown, get Phoenix's first urban dog park and urban park park done interestingly, put an interesting streetface on the first new office buildings in a while, along with Design for Good get a true community school going south of the river, get a TEDx into a state prison, and get a Keith Haring and wall mark making tribute finally PAINTED.

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Bob Diehl
I came to Phoenix with ...
a wife, 17 horses, five dogs, four cats, and a snake.

I'm most productive when ... it's just before the cusp.

My inspiration wall is full of ... what isn't yet.

I've learned the most from ... Dave Hickey.

Good work should always ... ring true.

The Phoenix Creative scene could use more ... self confidence.

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Bob Diehl
Photography by Tony Zeh of local artist David Dauncey at Bokeh Gallery

The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas
99. Isaac Caruso
98. Brandon Gore
97. Kelsey Dake
96. Hector Ruiz
95. Caroline Battle
94: Jennifer Campbell
93. Jeff Chabot
92. Tiffiney Yazzie
91. Daniel Germani
90. Irma Sanchez
89. Daniel m. Davis
88. Kirstin Van Cleef
87. Emmett Potter
86. Sarah Hurwitz
85. Christine Cassano
84. Fred Tieken
83. Lindsay Kinkade
82. Ruben Galicia
81. Robert Uribe
80. Heidi Abrahamson
79. Josephine Davis
78. Travis Ladue
77. Taz Loomans
76. Mikey Jackson
75. Alex Empty
74. Joe Ray
73. Carol Roque
72. Daniel Funkhouser
71. Carla Chavarria
70. Hugo Medina
69. Cavin Costello
68. Claire Carter
67. Lindsay Tingstrom
66. Catherine Ruane
65. Christopher Crosby
64. Aaron Johnson
63. Brenda Eden
62. Colton Brock
61. Ernesto Moncada
60. Benjamin Phillips
59. Brad Armstrong
58. Angela Hardison
57. Tyler Quinn
56. Andrew James Benson
55. Charles Anthony Darr
54: Tiffe Fermaint
53. Eric Cox
52. Victor Vasquez
51. John Randall Nelson
50. Lauren Lee
49. Kyle Jordre
48. Julie C. Kent
47. Sean Deckert
46. Niba DelCastillo
45. Joseph Benesh
44. Ashley Harder
43. Dan Vermillion
42. Daniel Shepherd
41. James B. Hunt
40. Lori Fenn
39. Seth Gideon Fainkujen
38. Wayne Rainey
37. Christian Filardo
36. Melissa Cody
35. Jason Rudolph Peña
34. Cindy Iverson
33. Ryan Gentry
32. Sebastien Millon
31. Andrea Beesley
30. Chris Pruitt

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