Above, Robert Cenedella poses next to his world famous painting, "Le Cirque - The First Generation."
The American Artist as Satirist.
The collection includes original oil paintings, limited edition Giclee and Serigraph prints and posters; both signed and unsigned. Robert Cenedella's prolific, satirical artwork touches many themes in his unmistakable style. Please click here to see a theme gallery displaying Cenedella's artwork by categories such as Sports Themes or American Politics.
"Le Cirque - The First Generation" depicts the elegance and spirit of one of the world’s most preeminent restaurants in its original setting. It is a visual feast, a family portrait including more than 100 celebrities and political habitués over the years such as Henry Kissinger, Richard Nixon, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Philip Roth, Paul Newman, Tony Randall, Sophia Loren, and Barbara Walters.
The painting was created in response to the Selma Riots. It caused a lot of discomfort. Is Art something that is supposed to make one comfortable? This is the basic question. Consider the other images that are regularly printed in our papers and seen in the media. There is potency in a painting that a photograph does not have. If Artists and the public realize our power, we can move to regain our rights as creators and viewers. "As a painter, I've always felt that the still image ends up being more powerful than the moving image. The still photographer can catch the moment; the painter can create the moment. As Picasso said, "Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth."" - R. Cenedella.