Robert Anthony Spinazzola was born at Harper Hospital in Detroit in 1952. He received an Associates degree in Liberal Arts from Macomb College and then received his B.A. from Wayne State University in 1977. While at Wayne State, Robert developed a passion for the visual arts. Enrolled in the Graduate School of Art History, he left after completing one semester to begin his creative journey. Without any formal art training, Robert relied upon artist friends, instinct and a few welding courses to launch his career in sculpture.

nike de detroit 72"h. x 24"w. x 28"d. 1975

“In 1975 I began working in Cass Corridor, a tough but culturally significant district of Detroit, shaping and assembling discarded motorcycle and salvaged steel parts. The process has evolved into acetylene and electric welded constructions. I still choose to use discarded mechanical artifacts because I find them singularly precious and beautiful. Though I’ve lived in New York over 30 years, the subject of many of my sculptures involves the City of Detroit and its automotive-based workforce. These roots have never left me.

Currently home as a symbol has become a centering focus of my work. This is my 40th year of making sculpture.”      —Robert Anthony Spinazzola, Hastings on Hudson, NY

 

 

SELECTED ONE MAN EXHIBITIONS
 

Beval Saddlery, New Canaan, CT   2017

Jade Gallery, New York, NY   2012

Orchard Windows Gallery, New York, NY   2011, 2010

Knicker Bocker Lofts, New Rochelle, NY   2007

O’Brien Architectural Offices, Bedford Hills, NY   2002

Chappaqua Library Sculpture Garden, Chappaqua, NY   1999

Sound Shore Gallery, Cross River, NY   1997, 1991, 1998

Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA   1994

Helio Galleries, New York, NY   1991, 1990



SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
 

 

“Red Fox Art Gallery,” Bedford, NY   January 2018, September 2017

“Governors Island Art Exhibit,” New York, NY   September 2013, 2009, 2008

Artprize, Amway Hotel Plaza, Grand Rapids, MI   September 2011

O.I.T. Gallery, Montreal, Canada   August 2010

“The New Americana,” Bond Street Gallery, Brooklyn, NY   August 2010

“Rubbish, Art and the Ecosystem,” White Plains, NY   May 2009

“Change,” The Seed Gallery, Newark, NJ   January 2009

“Pencil. Paint. Steel.” Secrets Gallery, Hastings on Hudson, NY   March 2008

“Japanese Arts,” Gallery Yellow, Crossriver, NY   August 2006

“The Boys of Summer II,” Ironwood Gallery, Ridgefield, CT   July-August 2005

“The World Series of Historical Baseball,” The Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI   August 2004

“Appalachian State University,” (Honorarium winner)   2001-March 2002

“Creatures,” Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY   1998, 1995, 1989, 1984

“The Horse in Fine Art,” Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, FL (National Tour)   1997-1998

“Angels,” Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY   1993

“Art of the Northeast,” (Award winner, Best Sculpture) Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT   1992

“Kentucky Derby Museum,” Louisville, KY   1987

 

AWARDS
 

Artist Honorarium, The Meredith Outdoor Sculpture Walk, Meredith, NH   July 2017

Artist Honorarium, The 15th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC   May 2001

Artist Honorarium, First Prize, The Albert Jacobson Memorial Award, Art of the Northeast, Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT   May 1992

 

CORPORATE COLLECTIONS
 

Arnold Bakeries, Port Chester, NY 

F. D. Rich, Stamford, CT 

General Electric, Washington, DC

MCI, Rye, NY  

PepsiCo, Somers, NY 

Pfizer Inc, Rye, NY

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
 

G. Gouveia, “WRECKED AUTO INDUSTRY ... ,” The Journal News, August 9, 2009

I. Hiskey Arno, “TRIO OF ARTISTS ADD TWIST ... ,” The Rivertowns Enterprise, July 3, 2009

G. Gouveia, “FINDING RELEVANCE IN RUBBISH ... ,” The Journal News, May 31, 2009

Jacquelyn Lewis, “ISLAND FAIR,” Art Info Magazine, October 2, 2008

D. Dominick Lombardi, “VISUAL DEPTH ... ,” The New York Times, July 4, 1999

Vivian Raynor, “TWO’S THE NUMBER ... ,” The New York Times, October 26, 1997

Paul Sipper, “... UNIQUE SCULPTURE,” The Record Review, October 10, 1997

Vivian Raynor, “MESSAGES, ABSTRACTLY / REALISTICALLY,” The New York Times, May 12, 1996

Jude Schwendenwien, “CONNECTICUT,” Sculpture Magazine, May - June, 1995

Vivian Raynor, “CHAPPAQUA ... SCULPTORS,” The New York Times, January 22, 1995

Edward Sozanski, “SHOW BOASTS A JUNKYARD HORSE,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 1, 1994

Vivian Raynor, “HARBINGERS OF JOY ... ,” The New York Times, December 19, 1993

Vivian Raynor, “IN YOUR OWN BACK YARD ... ,” The New York Times, August 1, 1993

Design Watch, “VANE GLORIOUS,” House Beautiful, November, 1992

Vivian Raynor, “A SHOW...BY ARTISTS OF THE NORTHEAST,” The New York Times, May 31, 1992

Carolee Ross, “SILVERMINE’S, ART ... A TRIUMPH,” The Advocate and Greenwich Times, May 24, 1992

Paula Hauser, “SPINAZZOLA, ART THAT BREATHES,” Equine Magazine, Spring Issue, 1991

Frank Magiera, “ARTISTS ... ,” The Worchester Telegram, May 6, 1990

Robert Long, “CREATURES AT BENSON ... ,” The Southhampton Press, August 17, 1989

Carol Everingham, “LANDMARK’S GALLERIES,” The Stamford Advocate, April 2, 1989

Vivian Raynor, “SUMMER 88 ... ,” The New York Times, September 4, 1988

Kenworth W. Moffett, Moffett’s Artletter, Vol. 3, No. 3, Sept. 1988; Vol. 3, No. 1, March 1988; Vol. 1, No. 7, Sept. 1986

Helen Harrison, “CAPTURING CREATURES ... ,” The New York Times, Sept. 8, 1988

Vivian Raynor, “HASTING SHOW... SPONTANEITY,” The New York Times, April 28, 1985

Kathy Beals, “GALLERY UNVEILS CONTEMPORARY DRAWING EXHIBIT,” The Gannet Westchester, April 12, 1985 

 

BASEBALL CARD ART EXHIBITIONS
 

“Boys of Summer 2,” Ironwood Gallery, Ridgefield, CT   July 2005

Henry Ford Museum, “The World Series of Historical Baseball,” Dearborn, MI   August 2004

The Double Day Cafe, Cooperstown, NY   May 2003

“The Sports Show,” The Arts Alliance, Haverstraw, NY   November, 2000

Cafe Ole, South Norwalk, CT   April, 1994

Bill Goff Baseball Art. Kent, CT   March 1992, 1993

Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant, New York, NY   April 1991, 1992

“Topps 40th Anniversary Exhibit,” Westchester County Center, White Plains, NY August 1991

“Town Center Baseball Art Exhibit,” Town Center, Chicago, IL   July 1990

“Top of the Ninth,” Gallery 53, Cooperstown, NY   July 1990

“The Art of the Baseball Card, The Gallery at Hastings-on-Hudson, NY   June 1989

 

BASEBALL CARD BIBLIOGRAPHY
 

Emily Kratzer, “ALLIANCE GOES TO BAT ... ,” The Journal News, November 9, 2000

Liz Marcal, “TIGER FAN TURNS HIS HEROES INTO ‘MEN OF STEEL,’ ” The Norwalk Hour, June 10, 1994

NATIONAL BASEBALL CARD EXHIBIT, Official Program, Westchester County Center, White Plains, NY, August 1991

WXYZ TELEVISION, December 29, 1989 Detroit, MI

ESPN BASEBALL MAGAZINE SHOW #222, September 4, 1989

William Zimmer, “THE STAR ... IS THE BASEBALL CARD,” The New York Times, June 18, 1989

Maury Allen, “ARTISTS GIVE VIEW OF A BASEBALL CARD,”  The Herald Statesman, June 3, 1989