Robert D. Fiacco

Robert Fiacco grew up in Diamond Bar, California where he studied art informally with a prominent local artist. After graduating from the University of California, Irvine; Robert joined the US Navy where he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1987. For the next two decades, Robert completed numerous squadron deployments and continued to pursue fine art completing portraits, aviation illustrations, and landscape paintings.

In 1996, Robert left active duty and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art where he completed a demanding classical curriculum in life painting, drawing, perspective, anatomy, and color theory. Robert rejoined the Navy in 1998 and continued to develop a reputation as a skilled artist. When asked to draw or paint certain aircraft or historical narrative, the largely self-taught artist used his naval flight experience to give life to the aircraft in his artwork.

There are three essential elements in his approach to painting: accuracy, drama, and a painterly rendition. To ensure accuracy, Robert thoroughly researches the aircraft by using historical photos, model aircraft, and technical drawings. Robert tries to create drama within his paintings through color, contrast, and interesting perspectives. He also uses an impressionistic style of painting similar to the French impressionists. Instead of painting every bolt and rivet, Robert loosely blends colors and shapes allowing the eye and brain of the viewers to connect the dots and lines. The result was a sense of reality, atmosphere, and energy.

Robert has participated in seven art shows including three solo shows. He is currently represented in four galleries and has completed numerous aviation illustrations and portraits for various private clients. Robert retired from the Navy in October 2009 and resides in Calvert County, Maryland with his wife Susan and two children, Rose and Jack.

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