Bernarducci Gallery is pleased to present Mario A. Robinson’s recent watercolor portraits and streetscapes. Robinson’s work has been described as traditional, but his use of the brush defies convention. His work combines traditional methods, but in a thoroughly modern way. This is seen through his use of a monochromatic under-painting washed over with vibrant hues. Robinson was born in Altus, Oklahoma. Discovered by his fifth grade teacher, he became inspired to further pursue art. At age 12, Robinson moved with his family to New Jersey, later to attend Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
Robinson’s work has been strongly influenced by artistic icons, specifically known for their expertise and groundbreaking approach to brushwork and awareness of light. These artists include Andrew Wyeth, Thomas Eakins, Edward Hopper, and John Singer Sargent. His work is primarily autobiographical. He depicts the people and settings pertinent to his life from truthful paintings of the rural south, to ethereal landscapes of his oceanic home on the Jersey Shore. Robinson’s work evokes a multiplicity of emotions from the viewer, creating an idealistic characterization of the world, reflecting the inspiration he finds in his surroundings such as the homeless shelter where he has held art classes for the residents there.
The paintings in this current exhibit possess atmospheric qualities, seen through his manipulation of light, specifically regarding his portraits. The viewer is confronted with a blunt, yet solemn, and melancholy sense of reality. In addition to his career as an artist, Robinson also teaches. He is the author of the bestselling book, Lessons in Realistic Watercolor which can be purchased on Amazon.
Robinson is a natural fit to Bernarducci Gallery’s program, which represents emerging and established artists who are part of the New Precisionist Realism movement. Bernarducci Gallery was founded by Frank Bernarducci, a longtime 57th street art dealer and champion of realist painters. For further information email him at [email protected]