Robert Minervini (b. 1981, Secaucus, New Jersey, USA)
Robert Minervini's work presents invented spaces based on, but slightly askew from, reality. Drawing from notions of utopia and the sublime, his subject matter is informed by everyday elements of growth and decay in urban environments. His works utilize traditional motifs of still life and landscape painting, while alluding to a parallel reality complete with ever-present reminders and markers of contemporary culture.
He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and his BFA from Tyler School of Art. He has exhibited nationally including a solo shows with Marine Contemporary, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, a two person exhibition with Johansson Projects, and group exhibitions at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 941 Geary, The Brooklyn Historical Society, and the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. He was nominated for a Joan Mitchell foundation grant and has been awarded the Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship by the San Francisco Foundation, the Edwin Austin Abbey Mural Fellowship by the National Academy of Fine Art, and the Carmela Corso Scholarship by Tyler School of Art. In 2013 he will be a resident artist at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Kala Art Institute, and has been a resident at Headlands Center of the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Root Division Studio Program. His work has been published in Beautiful Decay Magazine, New American Paintings No. 91, and "Mural Art: Large Scale Art from Walls Around the World." His work has been reviewed in Modern Painters Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Art Practical. He currently lives and works in San Francisco.