York Square Cinema
Gallery in New Haven, CT presented some of his miniatures in 1998 and
wrote the following:
Robert J. Cuneo is a professor
of Fine Arts, MFA alumnus of Yale School of Art, who taught at the
University of Bridgeport from 1969 to 1991. He is also an artist learned
in the magical and alchemical sciences as well as the social history of
the arts and literary culture. He is an affable artist willing to
discuss his store of knowledge in non-scientific language and a
marvelous visual vocabulary of historical images and archetypal icons.
In this wild array of miniature allegories, one can touch upon the
emotive or mystic principle portrayed in gouache colors, intensified
with acrylic spray and gloss varnish, within each goldleaf frame -- Each
one a window into a delightful dreamworld.
"Miniature paintings are like a
tiny peep-hole in a high wall,"
he says. "Standing
up close to
you may peer through and see another world on the other side." In the
style of the Magic Symbolists, each of Cuneo’s miniatures is an original
illuminated vision into an enchanted domain wherein his Guardian Muse is
invoked in the poetic imagination of subtlety, becoming a tangible and
real being. "This Muse reveals the image to me in some detail, which
intensifies under the strokes of my brush, the delineation of the
pencil, and the shades of the underdrawing, similar to a 17th century
European alchemical illustration."
"As we no longer live in a world
where paintings and drawings speak with any accepted grammar, I cannot
expect that my visual language can have any universal impact. What you
see here through the peep-hole of my miniatures is what I myself saw
when I painted. I am a mere illustrator in the employment of my Muse..."
Click here for a full presentation of his miniatures.
Bob Cuneo is also the creator of most inspiring black and white ink
Sixty four untitled
drawings in this book offer glimpses into an imaginary innerworld of
mystery and magic. Although these visionary illustrations do not refer
to any particular text, they do invite the viewer into a subtle mythic
realm of dreamlike archetypes, poetic alchemy and chaotic humor. All may
rely on their own intuitive enjoyment of the images as the best guide to
the meaning of their arcane symbolism.
Mutebook's 64 pages are available
Print. Click on picture on the left to read more details
Very original are Bob's postcard paintings, mostly created during the 70's and at the same time his contemporary personal postcards are unique.
and Gazebo (click on the picture for
Well, what can I say,
other than being a Great Artist he is also a great guy.
Kramer is the Mayor of GelastiCity and since Spring 2008 he has
his own blog.
Check it out:
doesn't sit still and he is always looking for another job.
So besides his
portfolio he asked me to post his
resumé as well:
"I am a dynamic figure, often
seen scaling walls and crushing ice. I have been known to
remodel train stations on my lunch breaks, making them more efficient in
the area of heat
retention. I translate ethnic slurs for Cuban refugees, I write
award-winning operas, I
manage time efficiently. Occasionally, I tread water for three days in a
I can pilot bicycles up severe inclines with unflagging speed, and I
Brownies in twenty minutes. I am an expert in stucco, a veteran in love
and an outlaw in
Peru. Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once
single-handedly defended a small
village in the Amazon basin from a horde of ferocious army ants.
I play bluegrass cello, I was scouted by the Mets, I am a subject of
documentaries. When I'm bored, I build large suspension bridges in my
yard. I enjoy urban
On Wednesdays, I repair electrical appliances free of charge. I am an
abstract artist, a
concrete analyst, and a ruthless bookie. Critics worldwide swoon over my
original line of
corduroy evening wear. I don't perspire. I am a private citizen, yet I
receive fan mail. I have
been caller number nine and have won the weekend passes. Last summer I
Jersey with a travelling centrifugal-force demonstration.I bat .400.
My deft flower arrangements have earned me fame in international botany
Children trust me. I can hurl tennis rackets at small moving objects
with deadly accuracy. I
once read Paradise Lost, Moby Dick and David Copperfield in one day and
still had time to
refurbish an entire dining room that evening. I know the exact location
of every food item in
I have performed several covert operations with the CIA. I sleep once a
week; when I do
sleep, I sleep in a chair. While on vacation in Canada, I successfully
negotiated with a group
of terrorists who had seized a small bakery. The laws of physics do not
apply to me.
I balance, I weave, I dodge, I frolic, and my bills are all paid. On
weekends, to let off
steam, I participate in full-contact origami. Years ago I discovered the
meaning of life but
forgot to write it down. I have made extraordinary four course meals
using only mouli and a
I breed prize-winning clams. I have won bullfights in San Juan,
in Sri Lanka and spelling bees in the Kremlin. I have played Hamlet, I
have performed open
heart surgery and I have spoken with Elvis.
I have not yet found a job".
More on Ron at Seezoo :
click here for his portfolio