Brooklyn artist on the rise


We love art! The last time in our art section we presented you a young Slovak artist living in The States. Today you have a chance to read a little article about a young emerging Brooklyn artist Robert Plater, who is known mostly for his mural art among New York streets.

Could you tell us where did you study and what was your major?

I attended Towson University in Maryland, where I got my bachelor degree in Painting. Then, I got my MFA degree also in Painting at The New York Academy of Art.

We spotted your art on Instagram and we were amazed by your unique style. Could you better describe your technique for us?

My technique is really something that has been brewing and developing since I was a child. Most of the imagery I loved was in comic books, cartoons and graffiti. These are the genres that laid the foundation for my drawing technique.  Another element in my work is the use of more rendered, naturalistic painting techniques.

I was able to truly develop a solid foundation in these techniques during my two years stay at the New York Academy of Art, where my work began to change and has become a way for me to conjoin all of my visual interests.

Was the ‘the street art’ always your style or have you tried anything else before you developed this particular style?

I wouldn’t say street art is my style. If anything, I would say that there is a lot of influence from Graffiti such as bold, flat colors and heavy use of shapes and lines, and even the characters.

What makes your style unique?

Since all art in some way, shape or form is influenced from genres and styles before it, I wanted to embrace that. With my work, I am aiming to bridge a gap between visual art forms that historically are not considered or mentioned in the same conversations and use the imagery to tell my story.

What do you want to express through your art?

I would like to express every emotion, every idea and every experience that has been relevant in shaping my life.

What or who is your inspiration and why?

My inspiration is life. As broad as that sounds, it’s the truth. I constantly cycle through a ton of life events, past and present day that in some way shape my perspective on the world we live in.

When I was a kid, I most enjoyed those times where I could pretend to be a superhero. As we get older, we don’t pretend to be heroes but instead, build character through success or what material assets we’ve been able to accumulate as adults. My inspiration comes from the act of trying to build and better understand ourselves on a daily basis. It all inspires me to create imagery based on my interpretation of self-relevance and identity.

Where can we mostly see or find your art?

Most of my art can be seen on the popular social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. I have started to do a good amount of mural work around New York City in Manhattan and Brooklyn. I am also always sporting some custom painted hats or sneakers.

Are you participating in any exhibitions now?

Yes, I am in a few exhibitions now. One is in a space called “Grumpy Bert” in Brooklyn. I also have worked in a great restaurant “La Esquina”, which is located also in Brooklyn. I will work in at least two more shows this upcoming month.

What do you consider your biggest success so far?

One of my biggest successes has been being able to arrive at a point, where people are starting to recognize my work and appreciate it. My overall biggest success has been staying true to myself as an artist and fighting every urge to change my mentality.

What are your life’s goals?

An important goal for me would be getting my work out to as many people as possible, in any way that I can. Moreover, I would like my work to serve as a platform for a larger dialogue, in creating an image adjusted to the social context of our society. A second goal would be making a living, based on the work I produce.

Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I honestly have always wanted to be an artist. From my earliest memories drawing at home with my brother or waking up to watch Saturday morning’s cartoons, I was always on a mission to be an artist.  I obviously hadn’t the slightest clue about what that meant, but I was on my own apprentice in training for something bigger.