About the Artist
Bob Napolitano, on location at the Eldorado in Reno, NV.
I was born and raised in the Bronx New York and became interested in drawing at age five.
After high school, I attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, NY, where I received my first formal education in art and received a partial scholarship in my third year. After SVA, I worked as a commercial artist and illustrator in publishing.
In 1976, a major redirection took place in my life and I put my art pursuits on hold for a time. In a brief autobiographical account, titled Restored, I laid out the transformational period that brought about this change.
In 1978, I moved to South Lake Tahoe, CA, and eventually settled in historic Carson Valley, NV.
My art interest was rekindled in 1984 with a series of charcoal drawing that can be viewed as Inspirational Art on this site.
In 1991, I started my own art business working on location in Tahoe, CA; Carson Valley and Reno, NV. Since 1998, I’ve been the Artist In Residence at the Eldorado Hotel and Casino in downtown Reno.
About the Art
Portraiture and Caricature art are the two areas that dominate my work. My portraits tend to be more realistic to capture the essence of likeness artistically. The caricature work is more free-flowing, bold, and fun while still capturing a good likeness.
I primarily work in pencil but also take on more advanced commissions in oils or pastels.
Art prints are available as indicated with an asterisk (*) symbol.
At the Governor’s Mansion, with Governor Bob Miller and San Francisco 49ers head coach George Sieford.
Presenting a pastel portrait of Bill Harrah, with executives of Harrah’s at South Lake Tahoe.
Me with Dom DeLuise.
Pictures with an asterisk (*) are available for purchase.