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You're invited on an extraordinary visual journey alongside Soho painter Robert Santoré as he wields his paintbrush like a magic wand through the eclectic streets of New York. Uncover the tapestry of Santoré's adventures, challenges, and triumphs as he thrives as a contemporary painter in the bustling heart of Manhattan's competitive art scene.

MSaF Grant Awardee Presenting a 12-Part Documentary:
Join us on this thrilling journey as we present "ROBERT SANTORÉ: A Manhattan Art Odyssey."

Episode 1 premieres on 03/23/24 at 9:30 PM ET
on YouTube, Tubi, PlutoTV, and X.

Tubi's Exclusive Insight:
"Explore the dynamic world of contemporary art with Robert Santoré in "ROBERT SANTORÉ: A Manhattan Art Odyssey." As an MSaF Foundation grant recipient, this Soho-based artist takes you on an unscripted journey into the challenges, successes, and failures of the highly competitive Manhattan art scene. Journey into Robert's studio, gain insights into his thoughts on painting and contemporary art, and venture into off-the-grid art spots, blue-chip galleries, and exclusive museum venues. Meet collectors, curators, and the eclectic characters shaping the dynamic landscape of Manhattan's art scene.

A Personal Note from Robert Santoré:
"In 2023, I was fortunate enough to secure a modest grant for the creation of a documentary. Opting for a unique approach, I've chosen to break it down into 12 segments. These segments will candidly capture and document my experiences throughout 2024, completely unscripted and unplanned. While I do have certain plans and goals for the future, the unpredictable nature of life adds an element of excitement. Join me on this journey, and together, let's uncover the untold stories that unfold in the coming year."
"Beyond The Canvas":
Delve into the vibrant hues of artistic expression, from the pulsating energy of Times Square to the tranquil serenity of Central Park, Soho, The Upper East, West and lower East Side, . Each stroke on canvas Santoré strives to captures the heartbeat of the city that never sleeps, offering a unique perspective on urban life through the lens of contemporary art.

Navigate the Demands of Manhattan's Art Scene:
In the demanding realm of Manhattan's art scene, witness Santoré confront challenges with unwavering perseverance and passion. Experience the highs and lows of this unfiltered journey, providing an authentic glimpse into the life of a painter thriving in one of the world's most dynamic art scenes.

Life Beyond the Studio & Easel:
Beyond the splattered canvases, discover a life teeming with inspiration, growth, and unexpected encounters. Join Santoré in exploring the multifaceted world that shapes his art, from hidden galleries to the city's gems, and witness the diverse elements that fuel his creativity.
Unlock the Artistic Secrets:
Step inside Robert's classic Soho loft and studio, where creativity comes to life. Uncover the techniques, inspirations, and secrets behind his work – from conceptualizing ideas to adding the finishing touches. Witness the meticulous process and welcome accidents that breathes life into his visionary work.

A Thriving Community of Creativity:
We extend an invitation to art enthusiasts, creators, and those captivated by contemporary art.  This series documents cultivating a community that celebrates creativity, encourages dialogue, and embraces diverse narratives woven into the rich tapestry of Manhattan's art scene.

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Subscribe to our YouTube channel, like our videos, and hit the notification bell for a front-row seat to artistic escapades in the heart of Manhattan. Welcome to a world where each stroke tells a story, and every painting is a chapter in "A Manhattan Art Odyssey" with Robert Santoré.


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2024 SHOWS
Additional details to be announced soon:

  • Q3 2024 : “ Future/Past Robert Santoré" 
    Firetti Contemporary, Dubai
     
  • Q3 2024 : “ Estos Colores Saben a Música" 
    ("These Colors Taste Like Music")
    Hellman/Roberts, Barcelona, Spain 
     
  • Q3 2024 : “These Colors Taste Like Music ”
    CFHILL & Stockholm, Sweden 
     
  • Q3 2024 : “Robert Santoré I Remember The Future, Yet I Look Forward To The Past ”
    Schmidt & Hardy & Los Angeles, California 
     
  • Q3 2024 : “Robert Santoré Veintiséis Habitaciones Donde Estos Colores Saben a Música”
    (“Twenty-six Rooms Where These Colors Taste Like Music”)

    Mexico City, Mexico
     
  • "ROBERT SANTORÉ: A Manhattan Art Odyssey"
    12 Episodes Streaming YouTube, Tubi, PlutoTV & X premiering on 3/23/24 at 9:30ET
     
  • Mar 2024: “Morrison Gallery Presents” The Morrison Gallery,
    The Morrison Gallery, Kent Connecticut
     
  • Feb 2024: “Robert Santoré at Frederick Anderson”
    Frederick AndersonNew York, NY

2023 SHOWS

  • Sep 12 to Sep 14 2023: “PBS Art Show" Pershing Square Building
    Los Angeles, California
     
  • Sep 9 to Sep 24 2023: “Anything Goes" California Heritage Museum
    Santa Monica, California
     
  •  Sep 1 to Oct 1 2023 : “Timeless” Robert Santoré solo show
    Firetti Contemporary, Dubai
     
  • May 6 to July 7 2023 : “ROOTS & REFLECTIONS A Journey Through Time & Nature” group show
    Firetti Contemporary, Dubai
Phillips Pulled In a Modest $24 Million Contemporary Sale in London, Led by Cecily Brown, Caroline Walker, and Other Female Stars
Friday March 2, 2023: New York, New York

All eyes were on Phillips’s 20th century and contemporary art sale tonight in London after Christie’s and Sotheby’s fell short in the past two days of their previous results. Despite the house’s best effort at delivering a modest, tightly-curated sale that achieved a high sell-through rate, it appeared that Phillips could not escape the same fate as its peers.

One of the sale’s top lots, Gerhard Richter’s 1983 abstract work Mathis, offered by French collector Marcel Brient, was withdrawn at the last minute after potential bidders floated figures that apparently did not meet the collector’s expectations.

All of the remaining 23 lots—the smallest London evening sale the categories that the house has staged since March 2019—managed to find buyers. It achieved a total £16.3 million ($19.5 million) at hammer price, which fell within the (premium-free) pre-sale estimation of between £15.8 million and £22.2 million after the withdrawal of the Richter.

"In the world of art, there are few things more exciting than the sale of a truly exceptional piece. And that's exactly what happened at the March 2023 Contemporary Art Auctions at Phillips in New York City, when Robert Santoré's COVID CHAOS TOO x FOUR, oil on linen measuring 100" x 176", sold for an impressive $107,000.00.

Santoré is a contemporary artist known for his large-scale paintings that explore themes of chaos and disorder. COVID CHAOS TOO x FOUR is no exception, featuring a riotous array of shapes that repeat upon themselves of South Pacific Polynesian figures which seem to swirl and dance across the canvas. The painting is a powerful representation of the tumultuous year that was 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic, political upheaval, and social unrest all woven into its intricate design.

It's not surprising that COVID CHAOS TOO x FOUR caught the attention of collectors at the Phillips auction. The piece is a stunning example of Santoré's signature style, with its bold brushstrokes and vivid colors creating a sense of energy and movement that is both captivating and unsettling. And with its massive size – measuring over 14 1/2  feet wide – the painting is a true statement piece, capable of dominating any room it's placed in.

The sale of COVID CHAOS TOO x FOUR is a testament to the enduring power of contemporary art. Despite the challenges of the past year, Santoré's painting reminds us that creativity and beauty can still flourish in the face of chaos and uncertainty. And for the lucky collector who now owns this stunning work, it's a tangible reminder of the resilience and strength of the human spirit.

As the art world continues to evolve and adapt in the wake of the pandemic, it's exciting to see artists like Robert Santoré continuing to push boundaries and explore new territory. With pieces like COVID CHAOS TOO x FOUR, he reminds us that even in the darkest of times, there is always the potential for beauty and inspiration to emerge."

NEW WORK
​New work continuing the Opera Series and Future/Now

FUTURE/PAST

Robert Santoré’s latest artistic endeavor, “I Remember The Future, Yet I Look Forward To The Past” unveils a mesmerizing fusion of his recent series, Opera and Kava Dancers, while skillfully incorporating elements of surrealism and abstraction. Santoré’s masterful ability to seamlessly blend diverse artistic styles and concepts results in a body of work that challenges traditional perceptions of time, memory, and anticipation.

 

“ORATIONES MEAE ERANT PARVAE ET FLAVAE” (My Prayers Were Small And Yellow) 66 X 204in (167.64 x 518.16cm) Oil, enamel, chrome beeswax on linen
“I REMEMBER THE FUTURE, YET I LOOK FORWARD TO THE PAST” 66 X 204in (167.64 x 518.16cm) Oil, enamel, wax on linen
Study for “QUAESTIONES PRO HUMANITATE” (Questions For Humanities) 31 X 10.5 (78.74 x 26.67cm) Oil over gouache & egg tempra, industrial enamel on wood panel with 18ct gold leaf frame. Back (not shown) 18ct gold leaf, blue jay feathers, green scarab beetle, vintage sugar spoon
OPERA

Texas-born, Manhattan-based artist Robert Santoré continues his series of monumental works “These Colors Taste Like Music: Opera Series” highlighting paintings and works on paper created by Santoré in 2021 and continuing through 2023. 

Santoré introduces to the fore his distinct visual vocabulary of high impact visual gestures, complex color systems, and allusions which brings into focus the incisive mind at the heart of Santoré’s multifarious pursuits through which he has mined a range of cultural, political, art historical, and fantastical subjects.

 

"יהודה איש קריות​ JUDAS ISCARIOT" | Oil, oil stick, military and industrial enamels on linen. 
"AD CAEDEM OMNIS RATION" (To Massacre All Reason) | Oil, oil stick, military and industrial enamels on linen. 
"AD CAEDEM OMNIS RATION" (To Massacre All Reason) | Oil, oil stick, military and industrial enamels on linen. 
"INSOPER SECUNDUM TRASEUNTEM ​SAPIENTIAM " (Insomnia  Based On The Passing Of Wisdom​) | Oil, oil stick, military and industrial enamels on linen. 
"INFERNUM EXPECTAT STULTORUM ET IMPIUM" (Hades Awaits For The Foolish And Wicked) | Oil, oil stick, military and industrial enamels on linen. 

I am just thrilled this small work, which I intended to keep in my personal collection, has landed in the hands of the Elizabeth Lyon Shaw collection.

Study for “QUAERO SCINTILLA DIVINTATIS”
(In Search Of The Spark Of Divinity

Painting: 8 X 8in (20.32 x 20.32cm)
Frame: 13.25 x 13.5in (33.65 x 34.29cm)

 When Closed: This artwork features a combination of oil over gouache & egg tempera, adorned with industrial enamel on a wood panel encased in an exquisite 18ct gold leaf frame. The panel is hinged on a vintage cherry wood frame that has been meticulously hand-waxed. The key was hand crafted by the artist in bass, copper and gold with a gold heart medallion.

When Open: It reveals an opulent display of 18ct gold leaf, a maple leaf from Washington Square Park, and a vintage locker tag from Grand Central Station. 

Under The Lid, When Open: Encased under the painting, “the lid when open” in a layer of paraffin wax, are a delicate blue jay feather from Hurricane Creek Ranch in Montgomery, Texas, a vintage gold coin, a vintage sugar spoon, and a copper crucifix and a your turn, my turn coin flip zinc coin.

This painting not only captivates with its intricate elements but also serves as a complex puzzle, concealing a hidden treasure awaiting discovery in the heart of Texas. Each item, its placement, order and relate to the painting and its title reference an included is a riddle with a map in Latin for the owner to solve. 

Yes, there is a hidden treasure if solved.

A fantastic new home for an important painting in my practice. So much so it's featured on the cover of my catalog "The Colors Taste Like Music".

​Steve & Angel, I am so happy that this work is now in San Francisco. I'm looking forward to visiting and taking care of a few blemishes it suffered during shipping. 

“WEEPING AT THE BASE OF THE MADONNA” 60 x 96in (152.4 x 243.84cm) Oil, oil stick, military and industrial enamels on wood panel

“WEEPING AT THE BASE OF THE MADONNA ON PAPER” 
Triptych, hand painted artist proof gouache & tempera, oil on the finest archival hot press cotton rag oil paper with hand torn edges.
Each Framed: 30” x 38” (76.2 x 96.52m)
Each Unframed: 22” x 30” (55.88 x 76.2cm )

Original 1
AP 4
Edition 5

 

“TAURUS REBELLIS ET IMPLICATI AMANTES” 
(“The Rebellious Bull And The Intertwined Lovers”)  

Triptych, hand painted artist proof gouache & tempera, oil on the finest archival hot press cotton rag oil paper with hand torn edges.
Each Framed: 30” x 38” (76.2 x 96.52m)
Each Unframed: 22” x 30” (55.88 x 76.2cm )

Original 1
AP 4
Edition 5

THESE COLORS TASTE LIKE MUSIC

Monarch Publishing, Vienna, Austria

We are excited to announce the release of the highly anticipated book, "These Colors Taste Like Music," featuring the contemporary artist Robert Santoré. The book is a comprehensive collection of Santoré's work, featuring over 300 pages of his paintings and sculptures. It is a Robert Santorémust-have for any art enthusiast or collector who appreciates Santoré's unique blend of classical techniques and contemporary concepts.

"These Colors Taste Like Music" showcases Santoré's artistic journey highlighting Santoré's exploration of the interplay between light and shadow, form and void, and the power of color to evoke emotion and sensation. The vibrant and dynamic pages of the book feature Santoré's use of various media, such as oil, acrylic, and mixed media, to create his intricate and captivating pieces. It also features some of Santoré's most celebrated works.

"These Colors Taste Like Music" is a must-have book for anyone who admires Santoré's art. It is a comprehensive collection of his work that beautifully showcases his artistic journey and the unique fusion of energy, form, and emotion that he brings to each piece. We highly recommend this book to anyone looking to add an exceptional addition to their art collection or who simply wishes to appreciate the beauty of Santoré's work.

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RANDOM WORKS ON PAPER THAT I LOVE

TAVARUA KAVA SURFER EDDIE
TAVARUA KAVA SURFER EDDIE
Framed: 30 x 39 in (76.2cm x 99.06cm)
Wood block print on 100% acid free hot press cotton rag, 225 gsm/15 mil museum quality paper.
Private Collection Woodstock, New York
TAVARUA KAVA SURFER CHIEF DRUKU
TAVARUA KAVA SURFER CHIEF DRUKU
Framed: 30 x 39 in (76.2cm x 99.06cm)
Mono print and oil stick 100% acid free hot press cotton rag, 225 gsm/15 mil museum quality paper.
Private Collection Westport, Connecticut
TAVARUA KAVA SURFER ACA LALABALAVU
TAVARUA KAVA SURFER ACA LALABALAVU
Framed: 30 x 39 in (76.2cm x 99.06cm)
Gouache on 100% acid free hot press cotton rag, 225 gsm/15 mil museum quality paper.
Private Collection La Jolla, California
TAVARUA KAVA SURFER WAISAKE-RATU
Framed: 30 x 39 in (76.2cm x 99.06cm)
Mono print and oil stick 100% acid free hot press cotton rag, 225 gsm/15 mil museum quality paper.
AUGUST 09 2020 FALL
Framed: 30 x 39 in (76.2cm x 99.06cm)
Gouache on 100% acid free hot press cotton rag, 225 gsm/15 mil museum quality paper.
Private Collection Miami, Florida
TAVARUA KAVA DANCER NO. 2
TAVARUA KAVA DANCER NO. 2
Framed: 30 x 39 in (76.2cm x 99.06cm)
Gouache on 100% acid free hot press cotton rag, 225 gsm/15 mil museum quality paper.
Private Collection Miami, Florida
TAVARUA KAVA DANCER NO. 3
TAVARUA KAVA DANCER NO. 3
Framed: 30 x 39 in (76.2cm x 99.06cm)
Gouache on 100% acid free hot press cotton rag, 225 gsm/15 mil museum quality paper.
Private Collection Miami, Florida
TAVARUA KAVA DANCER NO. 3
TAVARUA KAVA DANCER NO. 4
Framed: 30 x 39 in (76.2cm x 99.06cm)
Gouache on 100% acid free hot press cotton rag, 225 gsm/15 mil museum quality paper.
Private Collection Miami, Florida
TAVARUA CLOUDBREAK AT DAWN
TAVARUA CLOUDBREAK AT DAWN
Framed: 44" x 44" (111.76cm x 111.76cm")
Acrylic on paper painted on hand torn archival cold press cotton rag watercolor paper.
Private Collection Woodstock, New York

RECENTLY COMPLETED

MTAURUS REBELLIS ET IMPLICATI AMANTES
(“The Rebellious bull and the intertwined lovers”)
66 x 118in (167.64x 299.72cm)
Oil, oil stick, military and industrial enamels, bee’s wax on linen

View on: Artsy | Web Site | Instagram

MY KISS WILL DISSOLVE THE SILENCE
66 x 118in (167.64x 299.72cm)
Oil, oil stick, military and industrial enamels, bee’s wax on linen

View on: Artsy | Web Site | Instagram

MENDACIUM HEREDITAS MEA FUIT
(“My Inheritance was a lie”)
73 x 74in (185.42 x 187.96cm)
Oil, oil stick, military and industrial enamels, bee’s wax on linen

View on: Artsy | Web Site | Instagram

QUOD ES, OLIM FUI, ET QUOD SUM EAIS
(“What you are, I once was, and what I am, you will be”)
66 x 118in (167.64x 299.72cm) Oil, oil stick, military and industrial enamels, bee’s wax on linen
Private Collection Dubai, UAE

View on: Artsy | Web Site | Instagram

Robert Santoré is an American artist known for his colorful emotional paintings that blend elements of both the figurative and abstract.
Born in Houston 1961 he is a 5th generation Texan. Santoré grew up in the UK and later in Huntington, Newport and Laguna Beaches in Souther California. From an early age embraced surfing and the “So Cal beach lifestyle.“ 

The oldest child in a creative family enabled his talent to be recognized early where he spent most of his life in the art world.

Santoré attended Parson’s School of Design in New York City and went on to study at the The Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles where he honed his skills as a painter. 

​He began exhibiting his work in the 1980s and became well-known for his distinctive approach and vibrant color choices.

Santoré’s paintings often feature abstracted figures, words and phases, urban landscapes, and methodological elements that are rendered in a bold and expressive manner evoking a sense of energy and movement. He is characterized by his use of vibrant colors and strong, gestural brushstrokes. 

​He was heavily influenced by the Abstract Expressionist & POP ART movement of the 1950s and 60s, which emphasized the emotional and physical act of painting and ironic pop-art commentary.


Santoré’s art career has been marked by a constant evolution, with his work reflecting his exploration of new techniques and styles.
He has experimented with various mediums, such as oil paint, encaustic, acrylics, gouache, watercolors, military and industrial enamels, and has depicted a diverse range of subjects, including the human figure, urban landscapes, and the ocean.He frequently employs a technique called “Alla Prima,” which involves applying wet paint to wet paint in order to create a sense of immediacy and energy in the final work.

“I want my paintings to stand alone, to speak for themselves. I am only the conduit.” He believes that art is a universal language which communicate across cultures and languages'

In addition to painting, Santoré is also a prolific printmaker, creating etchings, lithographs, and other editions continuing to today. 

His works have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums across the United States and around the world, and is held in many private and public collections.

​He is currently working in his Soho studio focusing on his vibrant and expressive art. His work continues to inspire and captivate viewers as a talented, innovative artist who pushes the boundaries of contemporary painting.

His works continue to attract and move viewers with their raw emotional power and his dynamic visual language.
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