My name is Robert John “Robbie” Ierubino, Jr. I was born in Rockville, Maryland, USA on April 28, 1998. I first lived in Maryland until 2005, when my family moved to the suburbs of Philadelphia. I stayed in Pennsylvania until 2012 and then lived in Vienna, Austria, for five years. I am currently a student 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 liked to create my own personal 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 - I was really drawn to street art and cubism. All types of media including television, movies, logos, and music inspire me. I also enjoy traveling and exploring different cities and countries, their architecture and landscapes.
I am on the autism spectrum. 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 may be a bit different from yours. For example, when I hear music, I see pictures in my head. Or, when I think of a movie, I see it and hear it playing.
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 constantly 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.
Here’s an example of how I created one of my designs in Adobe Photoshop: First, I create a background. Since I like symmetry, I will often start with a square canvas (typically, 4000x4000 pixels). I like to use the Polygonal Lasso tool to create random shapes and invert the colors from black into white. I do this repeatedly, creating random patterns and then fill the different shapes with the colors of my liking creating a field of color. These "stain glass window" designs are inspired by Antoni Gaudi, the great Spanish artist, and architect. Finally, I save my PSD file (always in layers, so I don't lose my work!) and then, convert the artwork into a JPEG file for sharing.
The making of "V"
Using Adobe Photoshop to create geometric abstract art in a style called, "Shapism."
Even though I work in different styles of art, I kept noticing that shapes were the 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 shapes 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 own 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 and show empathy for others, share memories, find common interests, and treat others with respect. I also like when people create their own opinions when viewing my art and thinking 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. Every shape and the complete form may give the viewers some musical inspirations. Also, I hope my artwork provokes an emotional response. I draw my 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 build my career to be a contemporary graphic artist.
- Updated August 2018