Robert Florczak

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Robert Florczak
Nationality American
Education Cooper Union
Known for Painter, illustrator

Robert Florczak is an American artist, illustrator.

Growing up in Bound Brook, New Jersey and a student at Bound Brook High School.[1] After graduation Florczak attended the Cooper Union in New York City, studied painting under Will Barnet, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, was Artist-In-Residence at Widener University, and taught painting at The Art Institute of Philadelphia. As a professional artist, Florczak has enjoyed an active career that spans more than three decades, with extensive work in the fine art, advertising, entertainment, and publishing fields.

Florczak’s art is characterized by an avid interest in historical, literary, and mythological themes of drama and romance, and an intimate understanding of the classical methods of the Old Masters. Whether working in layers of transparent oil glazes or meticulously rendered pencils and watercolors, Robert brings to his paintings a depth and attention to detail and themes uncommon in contemporary art. His designs and technique have been compared to the classical imagery of the Pre-Raphaelites [2] and have been described as “Caravaggio crossed with Maxfield Parrish.” [3]

Florczak has produced the artwork for eight published picture books. Florczak’s premiere book, "The Rainbow Bridge" was an American Bookseller Pick of the List. Following were "Rough Sketch Beginning" and "Birdsong". All three books were published by Harcourt. For Harper Collins, Florczak created the art for "The Persian Cinderella"; the book was on the master list for the 2001 Texas Bluebonnet Award. Charles Dickens’ "The Magic Fish-bone" (Harcourt), with Florczak's captivating paintings, was released in 2000. "A Cowboy Christmas" (Simon & Schuster, 2001), was followed by "YIKES!!!", his first self-authored book, which was published by Scholastic's Blue Sky Press. 2004 saw the publication of "Horses Of Myth" (Dutton)

As a recording artist, Florczak has performed in venues ranging from nightclubs like The Bitter End to concert halls like Aspen's Wheeler Opera House. His music has been recorded and released internationally[citation needed], including the soundtrack he composed and performed for the motion picture Roar, recorded in London with The National Philharmonic Orchestra.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Levoy, Laurie. "Bound Brook alumni induct 9 and an entire team into Hall of Fame", Courier-Post, October 24, 2010. Accessed March 8, 2011.
  2. ^ https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/audrey-wood/the-rainbow-bridge/
  3. ^ Green, Patricia (Dooley) Lothrop. "Reviews: The rainbow bridge", "School Library Journal Reviews", October 5, 1995. Accessed Sept 28th 2014.

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