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Meet Jim Behrman of Robot Art in Colton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jim Behrman.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jim. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve always loved robots and science fiction. I collected toy robots before I ever started building them. One day in 2009 I saw a robot that a man built out of his wrecked car. I decided to build my own smaller robots from then on.

For years before, I built furniture out of found objects. My wife and I sold antiques on the side and my furniture creations in antique stores. We both also worked full-time jobs. So now I’m retired and build robots full time.
It seems that I’m evolving every time I build a new robot. After all these years they are still one of a kind. I don’t duplicate any of them, that I’m aware of. I’m now building small travel trailers out of toasters and lunch boxes, and different types of spaceships. Also, I’m a Star Wars fan, so I’ve built my version of ATAT Walker, ATST walker, X-wing fighter jets, R2-D2 Droids, and many other SYFY stuff. I’m now in the process of finishing an 8 foot long Star Wars speeder bike for a show in May called “May the 4th be with you” in Riverside, CA. People will be able to sit on it and take pictures.

I never wanted to sell my creations, but I was running out of room at home and my wife asked if I could find a way to thin down the herd, Someone said that what I was doing was art, so I started putting them in art galleries, RCAA, Division 9, and Mind and Mill and a store called MADE, all in Riverside. Also, I take my robots to art shows and festivals to sell.

My dream is to someday have a warehouse where I would put floor to ceiling shelves to show off all my robots to whoever wanted to come in and see them and I could keep them all. But for now, I will keep on creating all this cool SYFY stuff and give folks a chance to enjoy it too.

Has it been a smooth road?
When we first started out to do events, we needed to come up with pricing. after a few hit and misses, we finally worked it all out. Then trying out different types of events to see where the right market would be for my type of art. We did a lot of events where there just was not enough interest in my art to purchase a piece. So over the years, we’ve canceled out different events that didn’t work for us. It’s gotten a lot better now.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
It’s not really a company, it’s just making my art an selling it.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I’ve never done an event in LA. I do find it to be a little intimidating for myself. So, for now, I’ll just do local events close to home.

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