Robert Minervini

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As the Wick Burns , 2013 Acrylic On Canvas 48 X 72" © Robert Minervini
United by Fate , 2013 Acrylic And Oil On Canvas 48 X 48"
Between Artifice and Authenticity , 2013 Acrylic And Paper On Canvas Over Panel 36" Round © Robert Minervini
Midnight , 2012 Acrylic And Oil On Canvas Over Panel 24 X 24"
New Dawn , 2012 Acrylic And Oil On Canvas Over Panel 24 X 24" © Robert Minervini
As Light Kindles Light , 2011 Acrylic On Canvas Over Panel 24² X 24² © Courtesy of the Artist and Marine Contemporary
Consequences of Matter (and the places they came to pass) , 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 60²x48² © Courtesy of the Artist and Marine Contemporary
1% Efficiency , 2013 Acrylic And Oil On Canvas 46 X 72" © Robert Minervini
The invisible inane, 2011 Acrylic And Oil On Canvas 48 X 72 In © Courtesy of the Artist and Marine Contemporary
Acrylic And Oil On Canvas 60" X 120" © robert minervini
New Age Mansion on the Hill, 2011 Acrylic And Oil On Canvas 60" X 96" © robert minervini
The Generosity of Being , 2010 Acrylic On Canvas 46' X 100" ©
The Rising Tide, 2010 Acrylic On Canvas 46 X 50" ©
Urban Splendor , 2010 Acrylic On Canvas 42" X 46" ©
Sunken Dreams , 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 48" X 72" © robert minervini
Mixed Media 13' X 15'
No War in a Rock, 2010 Mixed Media Variable Dimensions © Robert Minervini
L.A. (Sell Me Something), 2009 Acrylic On Canvas 50" X 68" © robert minervini
Regeneration, 2010 Acrylic On Canvas 46x50
And The Rest Will Follow Acrylic On Canvas 72 X 96 Inches © Courtesy of the artist &
It's Time, 2009 Acrylic On Canvas 72" X 96" © Robert Minervini 2009
Vernissage 2009, 6/15/09 Mixed Media Approx. 15' 'X 15 © Robert Minervini
As the Wick Burns (still life with endangered California flora and fauna), 2013 Acrylic On Canvas 48 X 72" © Robert Minervini
Portals of the Past (with Original Home), 2014 Acrylic On Paper 30 X 22 Inches © the artist
Sarh B Cooper Memorial (with The Sarah B Cooper Elementary School), 2014 Acrylic On Paper 30 X 22 Inches © the artist
The John McLaren Monument (with Map of Golden Gate Park), 2014 Acrylic On Paper 30 X 22 Inches © the artist
William McKinley Monument (with Artist Rendition of Barrier Fence), 2014 Acrylic On Paper 30 X 22 Inches © the artist
The Ball Thrower (with Candle Stick Park), 2014 Acrylic On Paper 30 X 22 Inches © the artist
Le Poeme de la Vigne, 2014 Acrylic On Paper 30 X 22 Inches © the artist
Quick Facts
Secaucus, NJ
Birth year
Lives in
San Francisco
Works in
San Francisco
mixed-media, landscape, sculpture

First coined by Sir Thomas More in 1516, the phrase Utopia is typically used to describe an ideal place or state, or any visionary system of political, social, environmental, or moral perfection. It is also derived from a Greek expression meaning “no place,” suggesting a perfection that can only exist in the realm of imagination.

My work presents the viewer with an invented space that is based on, but slightly askew from, reality.  In these non-places, nature is subverted and change is constant as architectural sites are being constructed or destroyed alluding to the making of a social utopia and / or dystopia. My experience as a collaborative mural artist has informed my interest in the ways viewers can add to the narrative of a painting, both as audience and contributors.

I work primarily with acrylic paint on canvas creating often large-scale works that evoke ideas of the sublime and our contemporary relationship to nature and urban spaces.  My imagery is generated from an archive of photographs both personal and researched.  I digitally fuse together these images to create an invented place. I often use highly artificial colors to further remove the image from its reality, and to call attention to the origin of the digital image.  While I am interested in the process of working from digitally processed imagery, I place a strong emphasis on spontaneity, materiality, and process in the making of my paintings.


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 and is represented by Marine Contemporary in Venice, California.