Mario Andres Robinson: In the American Tradition:
Mario Robinson is to be featured in the January and February (2006) issues of The Artist's Magazine.
Mario was one of the artists to make the list of ARC's 225 Most Popular Artists.
Mario Andres Robinson was born in Altus, Oklahoma, where he resided with his family before relocating to New Jersey at the age of 12. His artistic talent was discovered by a fifth grade teacher and sparked a creative explosion in the pre-teen, which led him to the prestigious classrooms of the Pratt Institute.
Early in his development, Mario Andres Robinson began looking to the great masters for inspiration and technical insight. An avid student of realism, Robinson studied the elemental principles of painting by exploring the work and technique of Old Masters such as Rembrandt
. However, it was the work of 19th and 20th-century American artists that provided Robinson with the strongest stylistic foundation, helping him forge and define his own artistic sensibility.
The work of Mario Andres Robinson fits squarely within the tradition of American painting. Robinson's finished works bear a close affinity to the masters of the realist tradition, Andrew Wyeth
and Thomas Eakins
. Containing few references to modern life, Robinson's work has a timeless and universal quality, and exhibits a distinct turn-of-the-century stylistic aesthetic. The images he chooses, which refer to a bygone era where solitude and reflection were abundant, also provoke frequent allusions to the paintings of Winslow Homer
and Edward Hopper
Beginning in 1994, Robinson's work began to extensively incorporate rural subjects primarily located in the state of Alabama. Each subject is very personal for Robinson in both selection and execution. As the work progresses, the artist's relationship with the sitter develops and a uniquely personal story begins to evolve. Robinson frequently depicts his subjects framed within the context of their daily lives. The underlying narrative counters sentimentality and serves as the underpinning for his figurative images.
While a confluence of styles has exerted varying degrees of influence over Robinson, the artist's individuality continually asserts itself. He is capable of exceptional technical proficiency, which he uses to convey his vision of people and places in his immediate world, and the rural venues he chooses to depict.
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