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Robert Minervini


Artist Statement

My work examines spatial environments and notions of utopia in large-scale, multi-layered paintings, drawings, murals, and public artworks. Through cityscapes, landscapes, and still-life arrangements, I engage subject matter that addresses the impact of humanity on the landscape.

Utilizing tropes from art history, science fiction, and my surroundings living in California to reference places both real and imagined. What I intend to depict with my work is the notion of a “new naturalism”--- one that is tethered to the rich traditions of western painting, while making connections a contemporary idea about beauty and the sublime.

I’m interested in the multitude of ways acrylic paint can be applied to create an image. I build my paintings through a deceptively physical process of layering painting through hand painting, airbrushing, spray painting, and complex stenciling.

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Artist Biography

Robert Minervini is an artist working in painting, mural painting, printmaking, and site-specific public art. His work examines spatial environments and notions of utopia in large-scale cityscapes, landscapes, and still-life arrangements.

He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and his BFA from Tyler School of Art. His work has been exhibited nationally, including solo shows with Hirschl & Adler Modern, NYC; Edward Cella Gallery, LA; Rena Bransten Gallery, SF; as well as group and two-person exhibitions with the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, Torrance Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, Palo Alto Art Center, Schneider Museum of Art, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He is a recipient of the Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship by the San Francisco Foundation, and the Carmela Corso Scholarship by Tyler School of Art. He has completed multiple murals and public art commissions nationally including through the San Francisco Arts Commission, The Alameda County Arts Commission, and the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. He has been a resident artist at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the Headlands Center of the Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. His art has been published in New American Paintings (No. 91 and No. 109), Beautiful Decay, and Mural Art: Large Scale Art from Walls around the World. Minervini’s work has been reviewed in the LA Times, Modern Painters, San Francisco Chronicle, Art ltd., and featured in ArtWeek LA, 7x7 Magazine, and The Huffington Post. His work is in the collections of the San Jose Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, the City and County of San Francisco, and many private and corporate collections. He currently lives and works in Oakland, California.



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