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With a studio part time in Hulett, Wyoming, population 408, and the remainder of the year in California, Bob Coronato is a painter of cowboys and Indians in highly realistic style. From his childhood, he had a love of western subject matter. Of being a student at the Otis Institute of Fine Art in Los Angeles and doing western subjects, he said: "I almost got thrown out of my last two years in art school because I turned every assignment into a Western painting."|
In 1993, he had a one-person show at the High Plains Western Heritage Center in Spearfish, South Dakota. At that time he was doing paintings from research of the Old West, but realizing this approach was subject to errors, switched to painting contemporary western scenes. This decision coincided with a move from New Jersey into the West---Wyoming. There he learned first hand about ranch life by working in Crook County on the IPY Ranch owned by George White. After marriage and having children, Coronato and his family established the pattern of living in Wyoming during the summer when he can participate in ranch life and then spending the remainder of the year in their home in the central area California.
A mark of recognition for which he is proud is his acceptance into the 2009 Masters of the American West Show at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles.
In addition to painting, Bob Coronato does printmaking, using a process called colle etching. This involves inking an engraved plate, then placing a thin sheet of Chinese rice papaer coated with glue on one side between the plate and watercolor paper. When pulled through the press, the rice paper adheres to the watercolor papers, creating a hard surface that achieves greater detail in the print. He also does serigraphs and silkscreens.
Unique to his paintings is a short history or documentation that he attaches to the back of each work with places, dates and background.
Myrna Zanetell, "A Sense of Timelessness", Art of the West, September/October 2008
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