Robert Gniewek
American, born 1951
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Selected exhibitions
2018
Pavement to Pavement,
Louis K. Meisel Gallery
2017
Robert Gniewek: A Preview to Havana,
Louis K. Meisel Gallery
2014
Photorealism: The Everyday Illuminated,
Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art

Considered a second-generation photorealist painter, Robert Gniewek paints scenes of mid-century American roadside culture and contemporary cityscapes. Using three or four photographic images of his subjects, Gniewek meticulously produces large-scale paintings of diners, movie theaters, motels, gas stations, cafes, and urban vistas—usually in his native Detroit. Like Robert Cottingham and Ron Kleemann before him, Gniewek shares a love of American signs of the 1940s and ’50s, though as the member of a younger generation he sometimes portrays them as neglected and time-worn, expressing nostalgia for a bygone era