2020 Monumental Word Paintings


60in″ x 306in″ (152.4cm" x 777.24cm) | Oil, oil stick, military & industrial enamels on birch panel with micro-layer clay ground.
Robert Santoré

Robert Santoré is an internationally collected contemporary artist, painter, sculptor & photographer with studio practice in Manhattan, New York and at his Texas Art Ranch in Montgomery, Texas

Santoré is best known for his series of large format, word paintings, abstract figures, heavily influence as a boomer generation painter, the colors, music, fashion and advertising of the 1960s & 70s he was exposed to as a child. His "neo-postwar abstract expressionist paintings", a practice he began in 1986. He started introducing Words and numbers into his early and notable abstract paintings, such as "Famous" (1986), "Baby Linen" (1987) "Bull Market" (1988) and "JunkBond" (1989) thus reinstating content. His use of defined or extant symbols differentiated his paintings from the gestural abstraction of the Abstract Expressionists, (however he including this method of painting) whose paintings were often understood as expressive of the individual personality or psychology of the artist. Because Santoré imported well-known motifs into the fine arts, his paintings can be read as both representational (a factories, figures, aircraft) and as abstract patterns. Curators and collector's characterize his choice of subjects as freeing him from decisions about composition. Santoré has remarked: "What’s interesting to me is developing an interconnected visual language and exploring common element across various narratives and composition . It’s not all mine,” or, that the visual language I repete are "s the mind already knows and challenges the viewer to relearn what they recognize."

He also often used painted reliefs in his paintings which challenge typical conceptions of paintings as two-dimensional. Santoré often used oil, oil stick, encaustic and military and industrial enamals as a painting method to create bumpy, textured surfaces unusual in painting.

Santoré also produces intaglio & giclée prints, sculptures and lithographs. Since 1984 Santoré has worked in a variety of printmaking techniques to investigate and develop existing compositions. Initially, lithography suited Santoré and enabled him to create print versions of the visual language that filled his paintings.

Robert is 5th generation Texan having spent his early years in the United Kingdom as an "air force brat", and his formative years growing up in Southern California beach towns; Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, California. He was accepted into the prestigious UCLA Film School but chose instead to focus on contemporary art and attended Parsons School of Design in New York as well as the Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles, CA and later attended the University Of California at Irvine.

Robert began creating large scale works of art & editions from his downtown Los Angeles loft before leaving school. His first solo painting exhibition was held at the Jerry Solomon Gallery in Los Angeles, CA in November 1986 and sold out. He has had solo exhibitions sponsored by the City Of Los Angeles, Security Pacific Bank/The Los Angles Museum of Contempoaray Art, The Los Angeles Municipal Art Collection, The Jerry Solomon Gallery in Los Angles, The Brenden Walter's Gallery in Santa Monica California and The Portfolio Gallery of Fine Art in Beverly Hills, California and has participated in many group shows & exhibitions both in the United States and internationally.  Robert is in the permanent collections of The Newport Harbor Art Museum, The Laguna Beach Museum of Contemporary Art and the San Jose Museum of Art and is in  many private and corporate collections.

Robert, an avid surfer to this day, also embraced competitive alpine skiing as a teen and was selected by the United States, Jr. National Alpine Ski Team (US Ski Team B Team). He continues to enjoy travel to both the South Pacific and Europe in particular, where he is able to satisfy his love of both sports, new experiences and continued exposure to classical and contemporary art, sculpture and architecture.

After many happy years with his family in the Berkshire Mountains in Western Massachusetts, he returned to Manhattan where he concluded a career as an award winning creative director and user experience strategist and painter. In 2018 Robert returned to Texas to the property held by his family since 1818 and continues painting in earnest in the re-launch of his successful fine art career.

Robert has had the great fortune of meeting many other celebrated artists starting with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean Michel Basquiat while still a student at Parsons. Others artists he has admired and met are Jim Dine, Ed Ruscha, Ed Moses, Robert Longo, Billy Al Bengston, Larry Bell, Craig Kauffman, Chuck Close, Julian Schnabel, Eric Fischl et al.

Robert is currently working in oils, watercolor and gauche, egg tempura, and producing sculptures in steel and wood. Santore is an extremely versatile artist & craftsman who brings his myriad of experiences and his unique vision of life and beauty to his remarkable works of art

Santore traveled extensively through Europe and the South Pacific his current work focusing on the juxtaposition of experience, events and memories from his travels.

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Shows & Collections


The University Of California at Irvine Irvine, California

The Otis Art Institute Of Parsons School Of Design Los Angeles, California

Parsons School Of Design Paris, France

Parsons School Of Design New York, New York

Orange Coast College Costa Mesa, California

Museum Collections

The Newport Harbor Art Museum Newport Beach, California

The San Jose Museum Of Art San Jose, California

The Laguna Beach Museum Of Art Laguna Beach, California

The City Of Los Angeles Municipal Art Collection Los Angeles, California

Gallery Shows/Group Shows

The Texas Contemporary Art Fair Houston, Texas

"Robert Santore: The Rise & Controversy of Digital & Computer Generated Art" The Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California

"LAART Fair 89" The Brendan Walters Gallery, Santa Monica, California

"Robert Santore Large Scale Paintings" The Brendan Walters Gallery, Santa Monica, California

"Robert Santore Bull Market" RORK Gallery, Los Angeles, California

"LAART Fair 88" The Brendan Walters Gallery, Santa Monica, California

"Robert Santore Bull Market & Baby Lenin" The Brendan Walters Gallery, Santa Monica, California

"Robert Santore New & Abstract" Bairnsdale Art Park Municipal Art gallery, Los Angeles, California

"Robert Santore Works On Paper" The Brendan Walters Gallery, Santa Monica, California

"From Main To Santa Fe, Sixteen Artists Leading To The Millennium"
The Security Pacific Art Gallery in Association with The Museum Of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Los Angeles, California

"New Paintings & Mono Prints" The The Portfolio, Beverly Hills, California

"Known And Soon To Be Known" The Diane Nelson Gallery, Laguna Beach, California

"LAART Fair 87" The Brendan Walters Gallery, Santa Monica, California

"Robert Santore" The City Of Los Angeles, Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California

"Robert Santore: Baby Lenin, FAMOUS, Marital Apocalypse" The Portfolio, Beverly Hills, California

"West Meets East. US Artists in Japan" The Tokyo Municipal Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

"Selections From The Permanent Collection" Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery - Barnsdall Art Park

"Serial Images" The Jerry Solomon Gallery, Santa Monica, California

"Robert Santore" The Portfolio, Beverly Hills, California

Corporate Collections

JL Cohen Foundation New York, New York

Ross-Sutton Gallery New York, New York

The Joseph A Wheelock Family Trust Boston, Massachusetts

R. Hellman Foundation Stockholm, Sweden

Security Pacific Bank Los Angeles, California

CEMEX Mexico City, Mexico

Chase Manhattan Bank New York, New York

AFSA Corporation Long Beach, California

USA Today Washington DC

TRW Corporation Washington DC

TRW Corporation Los Angeles, CA

Northrop Grumman Washington DC

Northrop Grumman Los Angeles, CA

Columbia Pictures Burbank, California

Universal Studios Burbank, California

Morris Air Salt Lake City, Utah

Air Cal Burbank, California

Transamerica Corporation San Francisco, California

Hyundai Motors Of America Fountain Valley, California

Quiksilver USA Huntington Beach, California

Citizens Bank Tustin, California

20th Century Fox Burbank, California

The Disney Corporation Burbank, California

Carnation Corporation Los Angeles, California

Nestle Purina Corporation Burbank, California

Latham & Watkins LLP Newport Beach, California

Latham & Watkins LLP Los Angeles, California

Latham & Watkins LLP New York, New York

The Santa Fe Railroad Los Angeles, California

The Union Pacific Railroad Los Angeles, California

The Principal Financial Group Des Moines, IA

The California Pizza Kitchen Corp HQ Beverly Hills California

Delanardo Associates New York, New York

20th Century Fox Television Los Angeles, California

CBS Television Los Angeles, California

The Irvine Company Newport Beach, California

Wells Fargo Bank Corporate Collection San Francisco, California

First Interstate Bank, Corporate Collection San Francisco, California

Universal Broadband Networks (UBNETWORKS) Los Angeles, California

IJNT (Intetjet.net) Houston, Texas

The Williams Tower Houston, Texas

UBS New York, New York

MLTV (Micro~Lite Television) Salt Lake City, Utah

IMAGES: (1) Robert Santoré Tavarua, Fiji (2) Robert Santoré Montana (3) Robert Santoré Zermatt Switzerland (4) Robert Santoré Manhattan Studio (5) Robert Santoré Manhattan Studio 1984 (6) Robert Longo & Robert Santoré Manhattan, New York, 2019 (7) Arlene Shechet & Robert Santoré PACE New York 2012 (8) Robert Santoré in the Texas studio 2019 (9) Robert Santoré in the Texas studio 2021 (10) Bisa Butler & Robert Santoré New York, New York 2020 (11) Robert Santoré installing "What Tommy Saw" in Manhattan, New York 2021 (12) Robert Santoré in the Texas studio 2018 (13/14) Robert Santoré at the Dia Beacon in Beacon, New York 2017 (14) Robert Santoré in the Texas foundry 2018