Featured Artist Robert Catapano

Painter Robert Catapano creates bold, expressive portraits using an intuitive approach. See more of his work on his Instagram page.

 

abstract portrait by Robert Catapano

“Ramona” acrylic, 48″ x 48″

 

I don’t consider myself a true artist; just more of a painter. I’m not schooled—no Art101, color theory or art history—just self-taught. I just paint.

 

abstract portrait by Robert Catapano

“Ramona with Long Hair” acrylic, 30″ x 40″

 

I’ve drawn, painted and sculpted for as long as I can remember. My favorite subjects are human faces. What first attracts us to each other are the eyes, then the nose and mouth—the most sensuous parts.

 

abstract portrait by Robert Catapano

“Adrian” acrylic, 30″ x 40″

 

I try to express the emotion I see in my subject’s face, and bring it to the canvas. I am told that my paintings can be called “Figurative Expressionist” and that works for me.

 

abstract portrait by Robert Catapano

“Deborah” acrylic, 48″ x 60″

 

I paint portraits of people I know, or people I’ve known, or even people I’ve just seen in passing. Some people just have a special face—something that makes them different, unusual, striking or alluring. Not necessarily a handsome or pretty face, but more of an “exotic” face for lack of a better word.

 

abstract portrait by Robert Catapano

“Robert” acrylic, 48″ x 48″

 

People often ask about the colors I use for the portraits, or how I decide what colors to use. I never start with a chosen palette of colors. Most, if not all the artists I know, begin with a palette of chosen colors to use in their work. I approach color choice differently, probably because I never went to school for art.

 

abstract portrait by Robert Catapano

“Rita” acrylic, 48″ x 60″

 

I usually don’t begin my portraits with an initial sketch—I just start painting right on the canvas with either charcoal or black paint. I then decide on a color for the face; then choose colors that I think look good with the first color I laid down.

 

abstract portrait by Robert Catapano

“Peter” acrylic, 24″ x 24″

 

I do have to admit, however, that the first color almost always changes. As a result, so do the rest of the colors around it. I have heard from those who see my work that I have a lot of great texture in my painting. This is due to the fact that I’ve painted over and over my image, adding layer upon layer, in my search to find the right colors.

 

abstract portrait by Robert Catapano

“Standing Still” acrylic, 30″ x 40″

 

I usually paint with acrylic on canvas. At times, I incorporate oils, chalk, paper and cloth, but for the most part, I use just acrylic on canvas.

 

abstract portrait by Robert Catapano

“Eleanor” acrylic, 30″ x 40″

 

For my sculptures, I use a lot of clay and found objects. They look more like assemblages than sculpture.

 

abstract portrait by Robert Catapano

“Tommy’s Brother” acrylic, 24″ x 30″

 

Where my art goes from here, I am not quite sure. Hopefully my audience will find meaning and enjoyment from what I create.

 

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