Robert Minervini

Gallery Affiliations: Marine Contemporary

Region: Pacific Coast

I examine spatial environments and notions of utopia in large-scale, multilayered acrylic paintings. Through dystopian cityscapes, landscapes, and floral still-life arrangements, I engage subject matter that addresses the ecological impact of humanity.

While informed by the everyday, my works show invented spaces that allude to a parallel reality. Using historical painting tropes such as sublimity and vanitas, my work comments on elements of growth, decay, and extinction in a contemporary, and often regional, context. My most recent body of work recontextualizes traditional European vanitas paintings by depicting flora and fauna currently listed as endangered in California.

What I intend to depict is the notion of a “new natural”—a contemporary idea about beauty and the sublime.