Robert Anthony Calcagno was born in Lakes Charles, Louisiana yet moved with his family to San Antonio, TX shortly afterwards. His acuteness and intense interest in a variety of mediums and subjects lent itself very well to both educational and artistic concentrations, none more so than animation.
In 2003, Robert was admitted into the Design and Technology Academy at Theodore Roosevelt High School, a magnet program that specialized in graphic design, animation, film, architecture, and other areas of focus.
Robert actually considered pursuing a degree in Theatre Design; however, in the fall of 2006, he decided to enroll at the University of Texas of San Antonio for a Bachelor in Fine Arts. In the beginning, his artistic concentration was in Painting and Drawing; however, he soon changed his specialization to New Media which allowed him to pursue filmmaking and animation. He graduated with his degree in May 2011.
In Fall 2011, he began his pursuit for a Masters in Animation at the John C. Hench DADA Program at the University of Southern California, where he continued to develop his craft, focusing on visual effects and musical composition. He was able to study under such industry illuminaries like Academy Award Winner Michael Fink, Michael Patterson, and Tom Sito. He graduated in May 2014 thanks to his thesis Conquis, which incorporated live action, stunts, matte paintings, particle effects, and abstract visualizations.