ediately, Rucker found himself surrounded by fine artists of the New Orleans area, like Knute Heldner and Clarence Millet, two of his earliest influences.At the age of seventeen, he developed polio, an event that ironically became a blessing rather than a handicap.
At the tender age of three, Robert received a Mickey Mouse drumset for Christmas and hence began his wonderful musical journey.
After graduating from High School, Robert attended Florida A&M University in Tallahasse, Florida.
He was a member of the notable "The Marching 100" Marching Band and Jazz Ensemble.
Justice Rucker is a member of the American Bar Association, the Indiana Judges Association, the Indiana State Bar Association, the Marion County Bar Association, and is a Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.
He also serves on the Judicial Council executive committee of the National Bar Association.
Rucker held exhibits in Baton Rouge and New Orleans as well as Chicago, San Francisco, St. In addition to being an art teacher at his own gallery, he was a textile designer, an art teacher for the City of New Orleans and a medical artist for Tulane Medical School. Born in Canton, Georgia, Rucker grew up in Gary, Indiana, and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. He also served as a deputy prosecuting attorney for Lake County, Indiana, City Attorney for the City of Gary, and practiced general law in East Chicago, Indiana.