Each month, we will feature one of the talented artists that live and work in The Barn, and share with you their passions, projects, and thoughts on being a part of The Barn. A conversation with Robert Ciampolillo:
What is the medium of art in which you work? Drawing with charcoal is my primary medium and where I feel the strongest as an artist, but I also do a lot of work with graphic design. But lately I’ve been experimenting with a lot of different mediums, which is really exciting.
Who is your favorite artist/creative placemaker and why? I love Caravaggio-his artwork is very traditional, but he really pushed the boundaries of his time, and just lived his life with an outrageous attitude, which I find fascinating. I’m also a big fan of Keith Haring and Van Gogh.
What is your favorite part about living and working at The Barn? Being able to connect with other artistic people. The ability to cross the hall, knock on a door, and have another artist to bounce ideas off of has been really beneficial for me and my art.
What’s up next for you and your work? I’ve been displaying a lot of my work at The Flying Chicken in Troy for their Last Friday event. I’m also working on a series for Albany ComicCon, where I’ll have a booth, that features prominent moments and issues featured in comic books reimagined and recreated with charcoal in large format. Lastly, I’m working with another Barn resident artist on creating a local magazine. So I have a lot of cool stuff in the works right now, and I’m really excited to see how they all play out.