AN ARTIST REDISCOVERING HIS ROOTS
Article by Nicole Vickers
Originally published in River Oaks Lifestyle
IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE NAME ROBERT SANTORE YET, YOU’RE MISSING SOMETHING BIG.
When you are next to Robert Santore, it is obvious that you’re in the presence of an artist. Although Robert is a fifth-generation Texan, he was born in California and spent his impressionable years hopping from the U.K. back to California with his family. While drastic moves like that are bound to have an impact on any young child, Robert processed it all in an unusual way for someone his age: through art.
His first piece was created when he was just 6 years old, and it was something so simple and brilliant
that I would have believed him if he had told me it was painted yesterday.
Much like the prodigal son, Robert has recently returned to Texas with the intent to rediscover his roots, revamp his art, and hone his focus. Setting himself aside from other modern artists, Robert shows his artistry and creativity through multiple different mediums- sculpture, portraiture, landscape, and mixed media. Believe it or not, even greater subgroups can be found inside those varieties, such as watercolor, gauche, and egg tempera (which is a permanent, fast-drying painting medium consisting of colored pigments mixed with a water-soluble binder medium, usually of glutinous material such as egg yolk). When talking to Robert about his different outlets, he explains his work as if the idea of a piece takes on a mind of its own- ultimately choosing the medium it wants to be made into- the sign and measure of a true creative.