Evocatively powerful on many levels, Robert Striffolino’s paintings have much the same effect as experiencing nature in a very personal and intimate way. His abstract paintings focusing on wonders of his own garden, delve beneath the surface of external forms to reveal the spirituality within. The healing properties of beauty in nature flow through the artist onto the canvas, and ultimately out to the viewer in these abstract, colorist masterworks. His affinity toward nature strongly fuels his creative drive.
How he captures the positive emotions associated with the nexus between himself and nature involves a process with a certain dramatic tension as he conceives and executes his paintings. “I try to locate an intense feeling about something in nature. Whether the physical dynamics of a location or the juxtaposition of colors or the quality and balance of light and shadow, I explore it further on canvas and journey with it.” This creative tension begins within the artist and encompasses his inspiration, intention and the infinite potential in the dynamics of composition, illumination and color.
Over time literal subject matter has become less important to the artist, acting primarily as a vehicle for the expression of the emotion aroused in Striffolino. Exploring this through paint and surface in a formal context is what his painting is about. “I believe a successfully executed painting must reach further, beyond the abstract or representational, into an intimate spirituality brought about by an individual way of seeing things. In that unique expression is something that relates to the “human experience” despite the passage of time.”
Robert Striffolino born in New York City in 1950 has lived and painted in New Mexico since 1978.