Robert was born in 1949 to Dominick and Antoinette Catapano in Brooklyn New York. He is a self taught artist. He began drawing and painting as a child. He says he did it as a way of expressing himself for his own enjoyment. His first works were in a realistic style, mostly portraits or still-lifes. He was praised for his early works but never received any personal fulfillment.
Later in his teens he started to do very abstract work, eventually coming upon his own representational style, This style felt more natural to him and gave him more satisfaction.Artist Statement: “I don’t consider myself a artist, but more a painter. no Art 101. no Color Theory. no Art History. I just paint.
For many painters like me, the reason that we do what we do is because our ideas cannot be easily expressed in words. If they could we’d be poets.”