The physical energy and dynamic rhythms of Renaissance and Baroque art has been a tremendous influence on my work from the start. I am especially interested in the Renaissance ideal that the human figure is “the measure of all things” and I have dedicated myself to discover its potential in capturing the spiritual and emotional complexity of the human spirit.
Robert Liberace’s work is inspired by centuries of knowledge and skill exemplified by the great masters. He strives to combine his fascination with anatomy, art history and technique to produce work in a variety of disciplines including drawing, watercolor, painting and sculpture.
Perhaps best known for the movement and draftsmanship of his figure work, Rob has been selected as a “Living Master” by the Art Renewal Center (artrenewalcenter.com) where his painting “5th Circle” received first place in the Imaginative Realism category of the 2016 ARC Salon and he won the Collections Magazine Award in 2017. He is an honorary member of the American-China Oil Painting Artists League and participates in their shows in New York and Bejing. Rob is a visiting instructor at The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, demonstrating old masters’ techniques.
In April 2003 Robert received the Portrait Society of America’s Grand Prize Award in their annual International Portrait Competition. The previous year he placed Best of Show. Another of his portraits graced the cover of The Artist’s magazine in April 2007. His work has also been highlighted in The Artist’s Magazine, International Artist, American Art Collector, England’s The Artist and China’s Collection magazine.
Rob has been commissioned to paint portraits for clients such as Marc Pachter, long-time Director of the National Portrait Gallery, George H. Bush, and Ambassador Sol Linowitz. Rob’s portrait demonstrations have become a favorite for students attending the Portrait Societies’ Portrait Academies where he has been a regular member of the faculty for over a decade.
Rob was selected as a professional member of the National Sculpture Society. He has created a series of carved marble reliefs which are now permanently located in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. A life sized marble statue of Mother Teresa also stands in the Shrine, based on Robert’s design. Rob also sculpted a fifteen foot crucifix which hangs above the alter in a “Our Lady of Mercy” church in Potomac, Maryland.