“New York lures me to the canvas. The city is a part of me,” says Weinstein, a native of Manhattan now living in North Easton, Mass. A New York University communications graduate, Weinstein established himself as a producer, director and writer of national television musical specials and film. But he found his passion for painting after being lured into a local art store. He is largely self-taught, other than taking a handful of classes at the New York Museum of Modern Art and from the Hudson Valley School of Painting. His unique talent, technique and vision are evident in his abstract impressionistic oil, gouache and pastel paintings.
Weinstein is known for his New York scenes, capturing the excitement of city nightlife: The symmetry of umbrellas in the rain, the grace of a dance or the quiet of a man reading a newspaper on a bench. The influence of film is apparent in his work, he depicts drama, light and movement in his kinetic brush strokes. “For me, the art of film and paint connect and cross over easily,” Weinstein says. “I paint in themes, a series on the same subject until I’ve exhausted it, and move on.”
Robert Weinstein had his first public showing in the United States in 1981 in Massachusetts. Since then, he has been represented by galleries in the United States and Canada. Weinstein exhibited in a one man show in New York’s SoHo district, and in several one-man shows in Toronto. His works have been accepted into the prestigious Plymouth Juried Arts Show, where he was invited back for a second showing. His work is currently being represented by the Geary Gallery in Darien, Connecticut. Private collectors often come to his home studio in North Easton, Mass., and his canvases have sold at auction and are in numerous private collections across North America, Europe and Israel.