ROBERT SANTORÉ CV
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
Robert Santoré is an American artist known for his colorful and abstract paintings that blend elements of both figurative and abstract art. Born in 1961 in Houston Texas, Santoré grew up in a creative family and spent most of his life in the art world, creating works that were both visually stunning and emotionally resonant.
Santoré's paintings often feature abstracted figures, words and phases, urban landscapes, and other elements that are rendered in a bold and expressive manner evoking a sense of energy and movement. He is characterized by his use of vibrant colors and strong, gestural brushstrokes. He was heavily influenced by the Abstract Expressionist movement of the 1950s and 60s, which emphasized the emotional and physical act of painting and ironic pop-art commentary.
Santoré attended Parson’s School of Design in New York City and went on to study at the The Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, where he honed his skills as a painter.
He began exhibiting his work in the 1980s and quickly gained recognition for his unique style and bold use of color.
Throughout his career, Santoré's work evolved and changed, reflecting his ongoing exploration of new techniques and styles. He experimented with different mediums, including oil paint, encaustic, acrylics, and watercolors, and his subjects ranged from the human figure to urban landscapes and still life.
He frequently employed a technique called "alla prima," which involves applying wet paint to wet paint in order to create a sense of immediacy and energy in the final work.
Despite his success as an artist, Santoré is known for his humility and dedication to his craft. He once said, "I want my paintings to stand alone, to speak for themselves. I am only the conduit." He believed that art was a universal language that could communicate across cultures and languages.
In addition to painting, Santoré was also a prolific printmaker, creating etchings, lithographs, and other prints continuing to today. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums across the United States and around the world, and is held in many private and public collections.
Santoré primarily works in his Soho studio focusing on his vibrant and expressive art. His work continues to inspire and captivate viewers as a talented and innovative artist who pushes the boundaries of contemporary painting. His works continue to inspire and move viewers with their raw emotional power and dynamic visual language. His contributions to the art world will be remembered for years to come, and he remains a beloved figure among artists and art enthusiasts alike.
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 enamel's 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 Contemporary 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.Download 2021~2022 PDF Catalog
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
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
Firetti Contemporary Dubai: May 2023
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
Scanlan Foundation New York, New York
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