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 Artist Robert David Korhonen is an experienced, accomplished, and professional illustrator artist who specializes in portraits, paintings, web graphics, and high-end design. His gift is providing the world with beautiful, colorful, and classy custom illustration artwork. He has worked in the art industry for 25 years, and has countless satisfied customers, including many celebrities who have personally commissioned him to do their portraits. He is also a goodhearted and generous philanthropic gentleman, who has partnered with many charities along the way, including children’s hospitals and local charities. He says, “When I am out drawing quick sketch portraits, I often do free sketches for those who can not afford it. This gives me a great sense of satisfaction to make people happy. I hope I influence other people, especially kids, to attempt creative projects of their own.”

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Originally from Detroit, Robert has a BFA degree in Advertising Design and currently runs “Art & Soul Graphics”.

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He exhibited a talent and interest for drawing as a young child and was encouraged by his parents and teachers. He amazed his high school friends by drawing portraits of rock stars. Then, after graduating from Detroit’s College for Creative Studies, he entered the local art scene. While honing his drawing and painting skills, he turned into a professional quick sketch portrait artist, where he also utilizes his talents to create fine art and marketing for national digital advertising campaigns and art gallery shows.

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Korhonen, the gifted artist, is all about bringing his imagination to life for his fans to enjoy. He explains: “I use acrylics, watercolors, colored pencils and computer skills to express myself through my art. I‘ve always been involved in some form of creativity. I began my journey in pencil drawing, then into painting with acrylics and eventually moved on to digital vector art on the computer.  I’m especially enjoying acrylic painting medium. I’ve always tried to put my own ‘mark’ on whatever I create. I have enjoyed delving into colorful techniques, which, I think, lends itself more easily to convey the ideas I have in my head onto a visual medium. I am always looking for subject matter in my surroundings. The oceans, lakes, wildlife and scenic beauty of this Florida landscape provide endless possibilities, as well as the people I encounter in life and through photographs. I try to capture not only what I see, but to draw the viewer into my work and make an interactive experience. I enjoy putting paint to canvas.”

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He currently works out of his studio in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and exhibits in regional juried exhibitions with artwork that shows true emotion and beauty of the subject matter. A fine line of light and shadow characterizes his crisply detailed subjects.

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He continues his portrait work and is active 5 days a week, drawing people’s quick-sketch portraits at events, festival, fairs, or wherever people gather.

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“I feel so alive when I create and I want to inspire that feeling in others!” He says, “His vision is to create passion people can feel.”

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9 Questions with the Legend:

1. What motivates and inspires your ideas for your unique and creative works?

I have been an artist and musician all my life, and have dedicated my life to capturing likenesses of my favorite stars, and the beautiful surrounding of the Florida landscape.

2. What advice would you give to aspiring artists?

Follow your dreams. Work hard. Real hard. All the time. Never stop.

3. What keeps you going and what’s next for you?

Art runs through my veins 24/7 and my next series will be Florida landscapes, from my unique point of view.

4. Where did you get the idea and motivation to start painting in the first place?

I was influenced by seeing other artists.

5. Who is your current famous fan base and how large are you in the art world?

I am a legend in my own mind.

6. What awards have you received?

Juried Group Show 

1987

“St. Clair Faire,” St. Clair Shores, Michigan

1992 – 1996

“Coral Springs Fest,” Coral Springs, FL, Art Booth 2nd place award

Broward Art Guild, Ft. Lauderdale

RIVERWALK BLUES FESTIVAL, Art Booth and T-Shirt Design

FT. LAUDERDALE CAJUN FESTIVAL, Art Booth

1996 – 2009

1997 – Jazz brunch t-shirt design

1998 – Bass Pro Shops award for designing a Logo for their World of Fishing, in recognition

of outstanding support for the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County.

2010 – 2014

Broward Art Guild, Ft. Lauderdale

Gallery 101, Ft. Lauderdale

ArtServe, Ft. Lauderdale “Red Eye”

Red Bar Gallery, Miami Curator: Court McGuire

Broward Public Library,  “Starving Artist Exhibit”, Curator: Kosh

Parker Playhouse, Ft. Lauderdale, Curator: Kosh

Limelight Gallery, Miami Lakes, Curator: Chanel Prada

Broward Art Guild, Ft. Lauderdale – ribbon for “Alligator Walk”

Gallery 101, Ft. Lauderdale 1st place award for “Iconic” exhibition

110 East Atlantic Gallery, Delray “Vivid Expressions”, Curator: Grace Greenburg,

Sailboat Bend Lofts, Ft. Lauderdale, Curator: Jeremiah Jenner

Red Bar Gallery, Miami FEATURED ARTIST OF THE MONTH

Broward Public Library, “Starving Artist Exhibit”,1st place award 

Parker Playhouse, Ft. Lauderdale

Limelight Gallery, Miami Lakes, Curator: Chanel Prada

Art Night Pompano – Pompano Citi Center

Art & Jazz Victoria Park – Featured on cover of the Eastsider Newspaper.

Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art –  “Remembering the Art

of Caring”, for the be inspired project exhibition.

ON THE AVENUE – One of Twelve Artists selected for Exhibition in Delray

kenny Neal 2012 Blues Tour – Supplied Graphics for Stage, T-shirts, etc.

Freelance Portrait Artist for Christian Dior Events at Macy’s

The ”Cheeseburger in Paradise” Festival – Caseville, Michigan

The Oakland Park Library Art Exhibition – The month of September.

Portrait  Work

St. Coleman’s Italian Festival:, Art Booth 2005 – present

Florida Renaissance Festival:, Art Booth 2005 – present

Beach Place: 2005 – 2009

Village Grille “Jazz on the Circle” Fridays: 2010 – present

Pompano Citi Center events: 2010 – present

“Uncorked” Wine & Art Festival, Pompano: 2011 – present

Artwalk  – Las Olas, North Beach, Island City, Fat City: 2010 – present

Miami Lakes Main Street:, Art Booth 2010 – 2011

South Florida Symphony program Cover Design 1st place award

 

7. What charities are you currently working with or do you plan starting your own one day?

I have partnered with many charities along the way, including children’s hospitals, and local charities.

When I am out drawing quick sketch portraits, I often do free sketches for those who can not afford it. This gives me a great sense of satisfaction to make people happy. I hope I influence other people, especially kids, to attempt creative projects of their own.

8. Have you accomplished your goals yet and if not what else is still on that list?

I still want to become a national Illustrator.

9. What artists have inspired you?

John Singer Sargent, Norman Rockwell, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Miro, Picasso, Jerry Yarnell, Raphael, Nene Thomas, Terry Gilliam, Goya, DaVinci, Rembrandt, Michealangelo, Renoir, Monet, Manet, Klaus Voorman, Mati Kiarwein, Peter Max, Shannon Maer, Wyland, Escher, Disney, Thomas Kinkaid, Frank Frazetta.

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Robert has been up to and how he can bring success to your project. Robert has provided portraits for such celebrities as B.B. King and Ringo Starr. His work hangs in homes and galleries throughout the World. Many gallery owners call on Robert for Commissions and Events on a regular basis. Robert is proud to become a member of the Directory of Illustration this year.

 

 

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Robert has developed a very extensive inventory of illustrations, and chances are, he has done something similar to your project and can help you to develop clearer and better requirements for your idea. His long list of clients has been built from word of mouth, and each client is treated with respect, dignity, individual care and attention to detail. Robert will do the same for YOU!

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Contact Robert today at:

Phone: 954-630-0921

Cell: 954-253-2386

Art & Soul Graphics

3909 N. Ocean Blvd #112

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308

Visit his website:

www.robertkorhonen.com

Email him at:

robkorhonen@yahoo.com

Or Facebook him at:

ArtByRobertKorhonen

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And Let Robert produce your next masterpiece!

Enjoy,

Josh Leidolf

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