Robert MinuzzoThe three-dimensional aspect of my vineyard paintings evolved to create more dramatic perspective, a fundamental element of landscapes. With a nod to the plein air genre of early California artists, I take the spectacle of nature to a heightened level. By integrating actual stones, leaves, vines and other natural materials found on location with generous amounts of paint, I can express my tactile as well as visual excitement about my subject. Utilizing full spectral changes in color hues and values allows me to coax the viewers’ eye to the horizon, a resting place in my vistas.

Trained in both illustration and fine art at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California, I apply the foremost technical standards to my work. All materials in my paintings are treated with varnishes and mediums to ensure permanence.

My earlier work was abstract and recently I have ventured back to it, launching a series of paintings based on river rocks. Dramatically scaling up their size allows me to express their uniquely mesmerizing structures through a vast palette of color. Centuries old, my first subjects are remnants of Canadian glaciers, found on annual trips to their coastal rain forests. In the future I plan another rock series based on deserts in the Southwest, all the while continuing my locally-inspired vineyard paintings.

In addition to painting vineyard landscapes and objects of nature, I participate in them as a home winemaker, avid fly fisherman and consummate environmentalist. From my small intimate watercolors to my large-scale canvases and murals, I seek to involve the viewer with my passion for the spectrum of nature.


Art Center College of Design   Pasadena CA
City College of San Francisco   San Francisco CA


2007-2009    Club Sportiva  San Francisco CA
2005     Club Sportiva   San Francisco CA
2000     St Supery Winery   Rutherford CA
1999     Merryvale Winery  St Helena CA
1998     Idea House, Galleria Center  San Francisco CA
1994 455 Market Street  San Francisco CA
1987 333 Bush Street  San Francisco CA
1987 LIMN  San Francisco CA
Wilkes Bashford  San Francisco CA


2009     John Natsoulas Gallery  Davis CA
2007     Intero Gallery  Napa CA
2000-2006 John Natsoulas Gallery  Davis CA
1998 ArtSmart/Linda Zweig Fine Art  San Francisco CA
1997 Michael Thompson Gallery  San Francisco CA
1995 Valerie Miller Fine Art  Palm Desert CA
1995 Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery  Kirkland WA
1993 Napa Valley Wine Auction  St Helena CA
1992 JM Mallon Gallery  Indianapolis IN
1993 Napa Valley Wine Auction  St Helena CA
1991 Rubiner Gallery  West Bloomfield MI
1989 Francine Ellman Gallery  Los Angeles CA
1989 Rubiner Gallery  West Bloomfield MI
1986 Harleen & Allen Gallery  San Francisco CA
1985 Richmond Art Center  Richmond CA
1982 Tom Luttrell Gallery  San Francisco CA
1980 Sausalito Art Festival  Sausalito CA
Brand Library Gallery  Glendale CA


Amis, Judith  Austin TX
Bernardini, Paolo   Rome, Italy
Bouchaine Winery  Napa  CA
Burnette, Dan   New York NY
Checkers Restaurants   Santa Rosa & Calistoga CA
Citicorp   San Francisco CA
Copeland, Tatiana  Wilmington DE
Feigenbaum, Joseph   San Francisco CA
Gamburd, Elizabeth & Robert  Palo Alto CA
Goldin, Gerrie & Sy   Incline Village NV
Golub, Michael   San Mateo CA
Guggenhime, Richard & Judy   San Francisco & Healdsburg CA
Gulbronsen, Dan   Sausalito CA
Hearst Corporation   New York NY
Hyatt Corporation   Chicago IL
Kaiser Permanente   Oakland CA
Lazaridis, Elaine  Astoria NY
Macy’s   San Francisco CA
McCormick, William   Tiburon CA
Kaiser Permanente  Oakland CA
Lazaridis, Elaine  Astoria NY
Macy’s  San Francisco CA
McCormack, William  Tiburon CA
Napa Wine Company  Oakville CA
Nordstrom  Seattle WA
Oywang, John  San Francisco CA
Parkhurst, Cata  Napa CA
Peat Marwick & Mitchell  San Francisco CA
Pero, Thomas  Seattle WA
Pierret, Monica & Joseph  Palo Alto & Napa CA
Phelps, Jan & Kendall  San Francisco & St Helena CA
Phillips, Catherine & John  San Francisco CA
Pine Ridge Winery  Napa CA
Tandem Corporation  San Jose CA
Trinchero, Lora  St Helena CA
Veggetti, Silene & Carlo  Milan Italy
Von Kreisler, Nicholas & Kelly  Austin TX
University of Texas Law School  Austin TX