Robert Horvitz (1947, New Bedford, Massachusetts) studied art at Yale University. Upon completion of his B.A. degree he was hired by Yale to teach drawing. From there he went on to teach courses in contemporary art at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and studio art at Phillips and Abbott Academies. In the 1970s he was a regular contributor of feature articles to Artforum magazine, writing about artists like Chris Burden, Alan Sonfist and Alan Sondheim. He was Art Editor of the Whole Earth publications from 1977 until 1991 when he moved to Prague. He is Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Humanities & Social Sciences in Prague. Horvitz has exhibited his drawings at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston, the Akron Art Institute and elsewhere.
In 2004, he launched the Open Spectrum International whose first goal was to survey radio regulations around the world, to identify countries where WiFi was not license-exempt. Some of those countries might be persuaded to change their policies with the right kind of intervention. To support such work, Horvitz established the Open Spectrum Foundation.