Robert finished Clairton High School in 1951. Some time later he continued his studies and entered Carnegie Institute of Technology (nowadays Carnegie Mellon University). In 1953 Robert's studies were interrupted — the painter was sent to the army. Two years later, in 1955, he spent one more year at Carnegie Tech upon his return to Pittsburgh. The following year, Robert entered the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, where he attained Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
During the period from 1962 to 1968, Robert Qualters taught at the State University of New York at Oswego. Since 1968, upon his settlement in Pittsburgh, Robert lectured at different universities, such as University of Pittsburgh, Carlow College, Slippery Rock State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and others.
He also served as an artist-in-residence at the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School and visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome.
Robert's works were exhibited in Pennsylvania, New York, California, Maine and West Virginia.
Self Portrait (With Mark Perrot)
Birdland (with Mark Perrott)
The Shadow of Night
Kennywood Memories – Kiddieland
Nick’s Shoe Repair
Edward Hopper Was Driving
For John Kane
Digging for Night Crawlers
Hazelwood – 2nd Avenue
Robert's wife, Joanne Ricchi, died in 2010. The couple gave birth to two sons — Robert Qualters III and Brett Qualters.