Walter Robinson was born in 1950 in Wilmington, DE. In 1973 he co-founded Art-Rite magazine. At the same time, he began working at Art in America magazine, compiling its monthly art newsletter. In the late 1970s, Robinson began painting the pulp romance imagery that he is known for, showing his work in exhibitions organized by Collaborative Projects. He also began exhibiting his paintings with Metro Pictures, and had his first solo show at the gallery in 1982. He would show again there in 2008, after taking time off from exhibiting to focus on art criticism and his duties as a single parent. In 1996 he became the Founding Editor of Artnet magazine, a post he held until 2012. Since Robinson began showing again in 2008, he has exhibited his paintings at several New York galleries, notably Jeffrey Deitch in late 2016.