My name is Robert John “Robbie” Ierubino, Jr. I was born in Rockville, Maryland, the United States, on April 28, 1998. My family moved to the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2005, where I stayed until 2012 when we moved to Vienna, Austria. In 2017, I graduated high school from the Danube International School in Vienna. I am currently studying BA (Hons) Graphic Design at Staffordshire University in Stoke-on-Trent, England.
As an artist, I have always liked creating different types of artistic designs. When I was younger, I especially wanted to create my versions of album covers, stage layouts for concerts and logos for movie production companies. In 10th grade, I started to become interested in different forms of art during my classes and travels around Europe. I was attracted to street art and cubism. All types of media, including television, movies, logos, and music, inspire me. I enjoy traveling and exploring different cities and countries; their architecture and landscapes intrigue me.
I am autistic. Throughout my entire life, I faced many challenges that "typical" kids don't. As a child, it took me a long time to speak, and communication is still sometimes difficult for me. Because of my Autism, I may struggle with talking with people, expressing my feelings, or even finding the right words to say. But through my art, I feel free. I think Autism has given me a unique perspective, and I hope it comes through in my art. As my senses are always on high-alert, my understanding of the world around me maybe a bit different from others. For example, when I hear music, I see pictures in my head. Or, when I think of a movie, I can see it and listen to it playing in my mind.
I use a lot of different themes in my artwork: pop, abstract, cubic, symbolism, photography, silhouettes, and try to implement elements of graphic design. Most of my art is about my life with autism; sharing my visions, memories, emotions, and interests with the world. I like to create using modern technologies like with my phone and computer. I'm continually searching for inspiration and ideas and use many different applications, depending on my mood. I love having my phone with me all of the time because I never know when my surroundings will inspire me. And, having it allows me to capture a scene with photography, express myself in a poem or song, or even create some designs of my own.
Even though I work in different styles of art, I kept noticing that shapes were a prominent feature. Over and over again, these geometric shapes - often within other shapes - kept appearing. I love these shapes and have titled this style "Shapism." In my world, Shapism is a mix of figures creating a minimalist body in different metamorphic forms of various features of art, such as color, image, tone, and typography. Its visual communication creates a mystery for the user - they can apply their imagination or, hopefully, understand my intentions through the name of each piece. I have written a BoredPanda Article about Shapism and was referenced at an interview for the Art of Autism.
Through my artwork, I want people to learn to accept differences, to sincerely feel and show empathy for others, share memories, find common interests, and treat others with respect. What I like when people view my work is that they create their own opinions and think about what it means to them. I think the first thing people notice about my art is the highly saturated and intense colors of the geometric shapes. The shapes and may give the viewers musical inspirations and, hopefully, provoke an emotional response.
I draw inspiration from artists (Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Leonardo Da Vinci, Andy Warhol, Nathan Sawaya, Gustav Klimt, Jackson Pollock, Banksy, Michelangelo, Antoni Gaudi, and Keith Haring), designers (M.C. Escher, Tracey Emin, Piet Mondrian, Milton Glaser, Saul Bass, Stefan Sagmeister, Paula Scher, and Paul Rand) and creative styles (Constructivism, De Stijl, Bauhaus, Abstract, Minimalistic Style, Dramatic Typography, Geometric Shapes, Bright ‘n’ Bold Colors, and Material Design) that I hope to use during my career as a contemporary graphic artist.
- Updated September 2019