Bob Petillo

“As an artist and illustrator, my commitment is to the development and precision of my craft. By doing so, I can expand and reflect the dynamics of my own imagination.”

Bob Petillo

From: New York | Medium: Acrylic on canvas

World known and internationally published photo-realist, Bob Petillo, has had an extremely diversified painting career as a fine artist as well as an illustrator. His photo-realistic nostalgic and historical work bridges the gap between the two genres. He’s been published in science fiction, fantasy, children’s literature, and industrial illustration for the past 30 years. In the past 25 years, Petillo’s work has diversified into a number of different directions. His science fiction/fantasy and children’s book illustration has been published internationally.

Along with book and magazine illustration, he has worked in the music industry designing concert art for rock bands in the 80’s. In 2000, Bob illustrated Magic and Harry Potter trading game cards.

Recently, Bob focused on a series of photo-realistic historical recreations. Now, with his recent work, Petillo begins a masterfully painted series of nostalgic keepsakes painted with a remarkable attention to detail.

And now, Bob is painting his “Reflections of America” series, another photo-realistic nostalgic view of American Icons as reflected in great looking classic cars. Truly, this is his greatest work.

“As an artist and illustrator, my commitment is to the development and precision of my craft. By doing so, I can expand and reflect the dynamics of my own imagination.

In my SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY work, the goal is to dream.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS…to see the world through the eyes of a child.

INDUSTRIAL ILLUSTRATION…to present my craft as fine art.

HISTORICAL AND PHOTO-REALISTIC PAINTINGS…to create a window into a time period.

FANTASY PORTRAITS…to put you into your dreams.

As an art teacher, I teach the vocabulary, techniques, and skills of the core of art education. The big lesson is simple. Allow yourself to dream and create. Keep your imagination alive and see it as a resource. Creativity is the natural blueprint to using your education”. – Bob Petillo

“I AM ENOUGH OF AN ARTIST TO DRAW UPON MY IMAGINATION. IMAGINATION IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN KNOWLEDGE. KNOWLEDGE IS LIMITED. IMAGINATION ENCIRCLES THE WORLD.” – Albert Einstein

Artist Statement

“As an artist and illustrator, my commitment is to the development and precision of my craft. By doing so, I can expand and reflect the dynamics of my own imagination.”

Collections & Exhibits

  • Art Renewal Center, Honorable mention in the Still life category, 2009, 2011 Finalist in the animal category 
  • Capturing Realism 2011 Pauly Friedman Gallery, Dallas, PA, through the AnthonyWachulis Invitational 
  • The Guild of Boston Artists: NE Representational competition,
  • silver medal winner The Copley Society, Members Summer Show Competition, Sizzle, First Prize winner, July 2008 
  • The Guild of Boston Artists, New England Representational Competition, Silver Medal winner, October 2007, 2010, 2011
  • Copley Society of Boston, The Crisp Award, best of show, A-Z, November 2007
  • Westford Art Show, prize winner, Westford, MA, 2004
  • Gallery Demonstration and On-line Demonstration, Churchill Gallery 2006-2007
  • Salmagundi Club, 2005 Realist Competition, New York, NY
  • Guest lecturer, Wellesley college, Art and Anxiety, Wellesley, MA 2006-2007
  • Co-operative member Depot Square Gallery, Lexington, MA
  • Guest lecturer, Art and Management, Cambridge art association
  • Lunch with the Artist, Depot Square Gallery, Lexington, MA: Presentation on setting up the still-life
  • Board member, Cambridge art association
  • Lecturer, Art and Composition, Depot Square Gallery

 

We welcome submissions from artists who wish to be considered for our gallery.

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