Robert Marosi Bustamante

artist artwork
Robert Marosi Bustamante’s background growing up in a Nicaraguan- Catholic, Hungarian-Jewish household placed him on bridge, of sorts, open to the varying terrains of influence on both sides. Roads have taken Robert to painting murals in the Mission District; and, as a bilingual primary teacher, he has coordinated science garden art programs inspiring students to make connections to their environment.

In the spirit of Hans Hoffman’s “push and pull” approach to painting, he “pulls” out images and shapes, while “pushing” back color and space. Robert surrenders to the old science of alchemy and experiments with tissue paper as a glaze, uses drawings and photographs for collage, and builds up texture with layers of sand and paint. He tends to vibrate the colors of turquoise and crimson inspired by the Latin American aesthetic of Rufino Tamayo. Protagonists assume archetypal status to invoke universal feelings against the tension of urban contexts. Ultimately, the works leave the viewer with more questions than answers.