Portrait Artist Robert Maniscalco

About Having a Maniscalco Portrait

Having a legacy oil portrait by nationally renowned portrait artist, Robert Maniscalco, expresses love in a way a car, a Rolex or a diamond never will. We hope you will enjoy Robert’s gallery of heirloom, legacy portraiture, created for the ages. Robert travels all over the world to create heirloom portraits in oil, pastel and charcoal, including executive, political, religious, military, judicial and family portraiture. His award winning work can be found in over 1,200 private and public collections.
Once referred to as a “Society Portrait,” a fine oil portrait was a symbol of prominence and nobility. Today, bringing a portrait into being carries with it a much more profound meaning.
Dr John Vena
View Robert’s magnificent portraits of members of the Judiciary.
Richard Avedon famously said that “All photographs are accurate, none of them is the truth.” “I like to think, perhaps truth can be found only in the painted portrait.” rm

Everyone I paint will die. And everyone I paint will, in a sense, live forever. A portrait tells the story of our legacy, well after we are gone. In time, your portrait will be more you than you.

A portrait is a fantasy. When the fantasy succeeds, it activates the viewer’s imagination, triggering empathy and creating the illusion of insight into the subject. Dina Litovsky

A portrait is the most eloquent way to recognize those who have achieved a high level of excellence and/or esteem in their lives. It’s not an ego trip because it is an expression of one’s relationship with others.
Katie on the Beach
Robert’s portraits of children eloquently capture this special time
“I don’t over think who the subject is that I am painting. I’m only ever asking one question when I paint: how can I make this individual appear at least, if not more kind and lovable than I found them? I’m going for depth over superficial appearances. As an artist, my goal to to speak light into the world.” rm
Bill Brusilo

The Family Portrait is a celebration of who we are, a tradition steeped in love and connection.


The Art of Portraiture

“When I encounter my subject I try to get a sense of how they move through space, their rhythm and energy, to learn what drives them. I become them in a way, so I can paint myself.” rm

“For years my stated goal has been to create figures and subject so real they could step out of the canvas. Now, I see myself intending to create a world into which the viewer is invited to step.” rm

Bill Brusilo

The presentation of a portrait, is both a solemn and joyful occasion. I like to think of my portraits as the HOW of why a person is the way they are. 

An excellent portrait creates an enduring legacy, conveying the love and connection between you, your family, your organization, your community and your culture. It is a valuable heirloom that will be treasured and passed to generations to come.

1 Comment

  1. Sandra Cavataio

    Dear Robert,

    I am working on the Grosse pointe shores gala auction sponsored by The Grosse Pointe Shores Improvement Foundation (GPSIF) and would love to be able to have one of your portraits or paintings at our event. I love the portraits you did for my family and you have helped me out with the Grosse pointe academy auction in the past and would appreciate your help on this auction.

    The proceeds from this fundraisers will be used for community enhancements and improvements.

    Thank you again for your generous support and feel feee to call me or email me for additional information.

    Sandra Cavataio

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