Artist Profile: Robin Van Arsdol

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Robin Van Arsdol lives and breathes art. He resides in his studio, which is floor to ceiling in sculptures, large canvases and paintings. Van Arsdol started out as a country boy, and turned into an international artist.

Starting out at Georgetown College in Kentucky, and eventually moving to New York City, Van Arsdol has always been interested in street art and cartoons.

Receiving his bachelor’s from Georgetown College, and his master’s from New York University, Van Arsdol embarked on a journey that would take him throughout the world.

Van Arsdol painting on a section of the Berlin Wall. (Photo courtesy of Robin Van Arsdol)

Traveling from Florida to Europe, Van Arsdol has been able to exhibit his art and be a part of an international art community. Having galleries in Milan and Germany, Van Arsdol was able to make an impact with his art.

He has done street art in the German subway stations, exhibitions in Milan, and has painted four standing remains of the Berlin Wall.

Back in the states, Van Arsdol continued to create massive amounts of artwork. From 1982 to 1987, Van Arsdol created over 5,000 murals all over the street of New York City. 2,000 of those murals were done over the course of six months.

In Orlando, Van Arsdol had murals in the Parramore area, and worked as a chairman for the Orlando Museum of Art. He has presented his artwork at City Arts Factory and at 1st Thursdays, among other shows.

Van Arsdol’s pieces differ a lot from other artists, as he is very driven by his anti-war and anti-violence beliefs. Some of his signature themes include nuclear bomb mushrooms, boats, black tulips, Corvettes and fish with their mouths open.

His signature pieces relate to his personal beliefs, and the way that men are viewed or view the world.

The nuclear bomb mushrooms represent the fierceness and frustration, not only of men, but of the damage and weapons they create for war. The tulips, on the other hand, represent the frailty and sensitivity that men have but are not always willing to share. The boats Van Arsdol paints are meant to represent security.

Van Arsdol creating another unique piece of art. (Photo courtesy of Robin Van Arsdol)

Van Arsdol does not limit himself to one art medium. He works to create art on all platforms, from canvas, to metal, to the sides of buildings.

He refers to his artwork as “naive symbolic,” stemming from his love of cartoons and the metaphors for men.

Next on the list for Van Arsdol is a bigger studio so he can continue to create more artwork, and working with the kids in the area to promote creativity. He believes in teaching the methods that his students are interested in, and providing instruction for their preferences.

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