Bernarducci Gallery is pleased to present Mario A. Robinson’s recent watercolor portraits and streetscapes.
From the gallery:
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 underpainting 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, as he depicts the people and settings pertinent to his life from truthful paintings of the rural south, to ethereal landscapes of his oceanic home. Robinson evokes a multiplicity of emotions amongst the audience. Instead of creating an idealistic characterization of the world, his paintings reflect the inspiration he finds his surroundings. The paintings in his current exhibit possess atmospheric qualities, seen through his manipulation of light, specifically regarding his portraits. The viewer is confronted with a blunt yet solemn sense of reality.
Watercolor Paintings by Mario Robinson:
“Mario Robinson: Recent Watercolors” is on view at Bernarducci Gallery (New York, New York) September 6–29, 2018. For more information, please visit bernarduccigallery.com.