Size: 40"W x 30"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2017
This piece really came about as a study that turned into a finished piece. Done entirely with knives, I knew I wanted to somehow show how powerful the ocean can be - especially for calming the mind and healing the spirit. Growing up in Florida, I always loved the water. As fantastic as the beach is during the day, I always found it more alluring and mysterious at night. I chose the figure to be nude to represent not only the deep connection we have to the world around us, but also to represent one giving their entire being to a moment. Sometimes
Robert Selvaggio was born in Florida in the early 70's. His mother, holding a degree in art, was a big influence early on. "She received her degree in commercial art from Florida State University and did a lot of work as a freelance artist while I was growing up. As a result, art was a big part of Robert's childhood. "I was always drawing or tracing something". Equally fascinated with music, he made a guitar for his 7th grade shop class project. Robert's uncle was a working musician at the time and let Robert take home one of his real guitars to play around with. From that moment on, music took center stage as the dominant creative force in his life, art would eventually take a back seat. Three years later, he wrote his first song and joined his first band. After graduating high school, he took a year off from school and decided to pursue music full time doing solo gigs at restaurants and bars and joining several more local bands. Robert soon enrolled in college with an eye on a degree in communications. Eventually he found himself working full time as an on air radio personality at a commercial adult alternative station. Robert worked as an "on air" talent in radio for about 5 years, all the while doing any gig (musically) that came his way. Robert invested in a four-track cassette recording machine and began recording anything and everything he could. He eventually upgraded his recording equipment to record an album for the band he was in at the time. "I think it sold about 300 copies!" Although the sales were less than desirable, the record did garner a lot of attention for the way it sounded. "I suddenly started getting calls from other bands to produce/record their records." One thing led to another and Robert found himself recording full time. Between 1998 and 2000 three of the bands he produced demos with went on to sign major label deals. In 2000 he moved to Los Angeles and continues to this day to record, edit and produce music. He's worked with everyone from Eagle Eye Cherry and Jewel to Creed and Puddle Of Mudd. In 2006 Robert decided to take a break from recording others to start production on his own record. More importantly, he has started painting with oil. He quickly fell in love with the medium and spent most of 2006 painting every chance he could. Thanks to a artist friend who had some connections in the art world, Robert began actively showing in galleries and shops in and around the Los Ageles area. His paintings began selling and Robert could now officially add visual artist to his resume. In 2007 Robert began working in the recording studio again. Between his music career and a new career as an artist, Robert expects to be busier than ever. When asked to choose, "Between art and music? There's no way, from now on I'm doing both".