Robbie Sugg was born in Berkeley, California in 1987. After spending his childhood in a commune in the East Bay hills, he was later raised in the Diablo Valley, and came of age in San Francisco.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking with a minor in Japanese, from San José State University. His artwork has been exhibited throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and New Mexico, as well as in New York City, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom. He has been included in exhibitions at such venues as The Lab (San Francisco), Gallery Ex Libris (San Francisco), SITE Santa Fe (NM), University of New Mexico Museum of Art, Art Ark Gallery (San José, CA), and The Citadel (San José, CA).

His poetry has appeared in journals including Elohi Gadugi, Lummox, Earthen Lamp (India), Caesura, The Café Review, Cape Cod Poetry Review, The Newport Review, Flying Fish, and others. His first book, Koccha and Other Poems, was published in the Spring of 2014 by DaysEye Press. He has participated in numerous readings throughout the Bay Area, New England, New Mexico, and Hawai'i.

He plays the guzheng, a 22-stringed ancient Chinese zither.


After 30 years in the Bay Area, he currently resides in Albuquerque, where he is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Art Practice, Printmaking, and Painting at the University of New Mexico.