Mario Andres Robinson studied at the prestigious Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, New York). Starting in 1994, Robinson’s work began to extensively incorporate rural subjects primarily located in Alabama. The artist’s work fits squarely within the tradition of American painting, bearing a close affinity to such masters of the realist tradition as Andrew Wyeth and Thomas Eakins. Containing few references to modern life, Robinson’s work has a timeless and universal quality and exhibits a turn-of-the-century aesthetic. The images he chooses, which refer to a bygone era when solitude and reflection were abundant, also provoke frequent allusions to the paintings of Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper.
Each subject is very personal for the artist in both selection and execution. As the work progresses, Robinson’s relationship with the sitter develops, and a uniquely personal story begins to emerge. Robinson frequently depicts subjects framed within the context of their daily lives. An underlying narrative that counters sentimentality serves as the foundation for his figurative images.
Robinson is an Exhibiting Artist Member (EAM) of The National Arts Club and the Salmagundi Club (both New York City) and a Signature Member of The Pastel Society of America. He is considered a Living Master by the Art Renewal Center. His work has been featured several times in American Art Collector, The Artist’s Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, Pastel Journal, Watercolor Magic, and on the cover of American Artist magazine. In the February 2006 issue of The Artist’s Magazine, Robinson was selected as one of the top 20 realists under the age of 40. In 2014, Robinson was appointed Brand Ambassador for Winsor & Newton.
Robinson is represented by Ann Long Fine Art (Charleston) and Arcadia Contemporary (Los Angeles).