My family emigrated from Italy. I was born in 1957, in Lodi, New Jersey. As a young boy I was always interested in art, my mother was artistically inclined and always encouraged me to draw and paint. My love for art has continued to grow my entire life.
My boyhood dream was to be an artist at Disney Studios. I attended Bergen Tech College and studied commercial art. Mr. R. Dames saw I had the love and potential to grow as an artist. He was correct… I was awarded top honors in three categories; 3 different categories pen and ink, illustration, and realism at the Craftsman Fair in NJ. During this same time period I received a letter from Disney Studios offering me to attend but my destiny was altered and would have to wait. My journey would take me on a parallel course of art and painting.
Years later I walked into the studios of Gannett Outdoors (where outdoor commercial billboards were painted by hand). This environment was ideal for me to learn to paint on a large scale. As I worked my way up the ranks from Apprentice (4 years), to Helper, then Journeyman and finally Master Pictorial Artist Journeyman. I was recognized in the billboard industry as being one of the top leading artists in the company as well as the United States.
When this chapter closed, I began the next by opening my own interior design and Sign Company. During these years I began to develop and master my own style, sensibilities and painting techniques. Many years later I would develop my own version of a technique included is a method of relief from antiquity known as Altorilievo. The incorporation of the Altorilievo method of high relief enables my compositions to literally stand out from the canvas.
Challenges to Overcome
In the infancy of the design there are many challenges that must be thought out for consideration. The solutions must be adapted to solve the challenges that are gradually being proposed, many times the reality clashes with the “concept” in the mind of the artist. John Robbolino is persistent in his determined mindset, that the work MUST represent what his emotion has created to become the final piece of art. Every detail has been studied and realized from the original sketch. Hours and days spent studying motion and matter, challenges fusing the glass to appear as one with the relief. He creates the surface to be supportive to accommodate the subject with integrity to stand the test of time. . Hence, a work of art that is also a work of engineering and architecture, as were the antique works in which the artist was also a designer and an architect, like the ancient genius of Leonardo da Vinci , Leon Battista Alberti, and Michelangelo.