Artist Robyn Bellospirito, a native of Long Island, NY, has been exhibiting her work for over twenty years in galleries and museums in the New York metropolitan area, around the country, and abroad. She works primarily in oil on canvas, wood and masonite, but she has also done works which are sculptural in nature. Ms. Bellospirito, who is listed in the current editions of Who's Who in American Art and Who's Who of American Women, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Art History. She has worked in some of New York's finest museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Frick Collection.
For three years Robyn Bellospirito published The Exhibitioner Art Magazine, which featured the work of emerging and established artists from around the country. Several issues contain articles about, and interviews with art world V.I.P.'s such as photographer Andres Serrano, correspondence artist Ray Johnson, and art historian Dr. Stella Russell, author of Art in the World. A complete collection of all of the issues of The Exhibitioner can be found in The Museum of Modern Art Library in New York City, in the Library of C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University in Brookville, NY, and in the Rhode Island School of Design Library in Providence, RI. In 1992 the Manhasset Public Library in Manhasset, NY, attempted to censor Robyn's work and denied her a scheduled show, on the grounds that three of her paintings contained nudity. One of these paintings is titled "Lovers of the Past" and can be seen here on her web site. Following a two and a half year battle in Federal Court, Judge Thomas Platt ruled in Ms. Bellospirito's favor and in favor of the protection of free speech. The case set a precedent in the Eastern District of New York, and in January 1996 the artist was given back her show which included the three disputed works. To find out more about the case, you can visit the National Coalition Against Censorship Web Site.
Robyn Bellospirito's work has been exhibited at The Michael Peter Hayes Salon; The IMAC Theater in Huntington, NY; The Society of Illustrators in New York City; Mistretta Galleries in Locust Valley, NY; Barnes & Noble in New York City; The Watchung Arts Center in Watchung, NJ; The Hillwood Art Museum in Brookville, NY; The Ghost Fleet Gallery in Kitty Hawk, NC; The Islip Art Museum in Islip, NY; The Eighth Floor Gallery in New York City, The Foster Freeman Gallery in San Antonio, TX; The U.N. Fourth World Conference in Beijing, China and Moscow, Russia; The Ticknor Gallery at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA; and a corporate exhibition at the 1-800-FLOWERS Manhattan Store. Her work was featured in 2000 when she painted a mask for The Mask Project NY which was auctioned off to benefit Hospice Care. The Mask Project chose to use the image of her mask as their logo on various promotional materials, including ten-foot long banners which were hung throughout the Fortunoff Mall in Carle Place, NY. Her work is in the corporate collection of 1-800-FLOWERS, at their headquarters located in Westbury, NY, and in many private collections around the country. Aside from her paintings, Robyn Bellospirito is a freelance writer, publicist and illustrator. Her art, a short story and an interview with her appeared in the December 2006 issue of Magickal Light. One of her most recent paintings will be included in a group exhibition titled Tragedy & Transformation at the Lana Santorelli Gallery in Southampton, NY