CV OF ROBERT MANISCALCO
touchtheskyyoga.comAs an “art spirit” Robert seeks to expand and share his knowledge and experience with others; this outreach includes teaching classes, presenting instructional DVDs, workshops, lectures and demonstrations, entitled The Power of Positive Painting©. As host of the acclaimed TV program, “Art Beat,” which aired for two seasons (2003-2005) on PBS in Detroit, his goal was to make the visual arts more accessible to the people. Robert is also an accomplished actor, director and musician, videographer, Blogger, making connections between a variety of artistic disciplines. As an artist and a humanist, he seeks a meaningful exchange with his sitters, with the goal of creating portraits that express something of the soul of the subject.
FINE ARTIST AND COMMISSION PORTRAIT ARTIST
As a fine artist and commission portrait artist Robert Maniscalco has created and sold over 950 major works of art since launching his career in 1979. These works hang in private and public collections throughout North America. He creates about 12 – 15 portraits every year. He also has created seven themed bodies of fine art, including his latest, The Quench Project. He has won national awards and been widely collected, earning his living exclusively as an artist all these years because of his dedication to the highest standards, his deep love of people and desire to connect; essential qualities not only of a successful portrait artist but of any creative. Robert has created the portraits of many prominent individuals and their families.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE MANISCALCO GALLERY
touchtheskyyoga.comThe Maniscalco Gallery was founded in 1997 by Robert Maniscalco as an exhibition space and contemporary art center representing talented local and international artists, both established and emerging. The MG presented six major exhibitions each year and had become a major gallery venue in Detroit’s burgeoning art scene until the brick and mortar operations closed in 2005. The Maniscalco Gallery was an opportunity to reach out into the community and bring together the art of fine portraiture in the context of a contemporary art gallery. The Maniscalco Gallery hosted critically acclaimed exhibitions and special events like Salons, presenting poetry, song, dance, story telling, monologues, discussion and performance art in the context with the visual arts. Generated extensive media coverage and attention. The MG rose to prominence quickly, with as many as 400 people attending our events. Other special arts events were periodically presented at the MG, such as Wine Tastings, Vernissages, Salons, Poetry/Performance and painting parties. The Maniscalco Gallery also presented extensive Community Outreach Programming, including Fresh Art Festivals, Wine and Art tastings, Charity Auctions as well as special touring exhibits in non-traditional venues such as night clubs, restaurants, parks and private clubs. The Detroit Tasetefest (New Center Area), the Detroit Yacht Club, the Grosse Pointe Hunt Club and the Roostertail are examples of past outreach venues in which the Maniscalco presented programs.
The Maniscalco Gallery Online continues to offer world class portraiture, fine art, art instruction, painting parties, career coaching and workshops, videography services, special events and a speakers bureau. Robert’s play, Vincent John Doe, was presented at the 2018 & 2019 Spoletto Festival in Charleston.