From the graffitied walls of Soho, NY to the fashionable streets of Milan, Italy, Robin VanArsdol (R.V.) is well known throughout the art world. His symbolic imagery reveals an inner passion to share his fears, thoughts and hope for humanity. Using naive silhouette images, R.V. produces works of art that express social commentary.
In the late 1970's and early '80's, the "Graffiti Movement" began to emerge. R.V. found this a perfect vehicle to express his aggressive and opinionated style. The active streets of New York City sparked this desire to express himself with bold and combative murals in creating public art.
Using pure defiance, driven by his need to be seen, R.V. created over 5,000 public murals on the streets of New York City over a six year period (1982 -1987). His prolific and symbolic images established him as a major player in the Street Art Movement.
The Street Art Movement was a gut level response to an age of indifference. Inspired by a public mesmerized by the deafening roar of our capitalistic society, with art becoming just another commodity to be profited from, artists on the street responded with aggressive actions vying for attention.
Of the major players in this movement, including Keith Haring and Richard Hamilton, R.V. stood alone in his expression of the "male psyche" exposing our dangerously driven society. The majority of his murals were designed to provoke the viewer, to remind us of man's most heinous creations of war, a voice of reason against these actions.
R.V.'s work is intended to use our fear of nuclear holocaust to awaken us to the deep-set problems facing all mankind. Nuclear proliferation is the ultimate expression of man's inability to move forward without careful consideration of the ramifications of his actions.