Roberto Azank is an artist of the late 20th and early 21st century, known primarily for his work as a still life painter. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1955. He is the grandson of an oil canvas artist and the son of a master embroidery designer.
At the age of 14, Azank won the first prize in painting at his high school. He went on to first study photography and later architecture at the University of Buenos Aires. In 1979, he moved to the United States where experimentation with various artistic forms and media led to his decision to pusue a career in the arts. As he continued to hone his craft, Anzank began painting brightly colored abstract works in acrylics. By the late eighties, his style has evolved from abstract to fugurative and he started painting in oils.
In 1994, Azank moved to New York's Catskill Mountains, settling in New Paltz and found in his still life works the definitive style for which he is known.
The San Francisco Buisness Times described his work, "Roberto's canvases convey a sense of hyper-reality through his bold use of color, precise lines, and controlled composition. Commone objects such as flowers, fruits, vessels, and candles are given new life set against the stron horizon, which divides the artist's rich color fields. These color fields, often indescribanle in hue, are the cornerstone of Azank's work, while the still life objects act as vehicles for exploration of porisitve and negative space, placement, and scale. He elects to omit unnecessary ornamentation from his compositions, choosing instead to emphasize the precision and fraftsmanship he originally investigated in architecture school."
Now at mid career, Azank has been described as a "metaclassical artist" whose interests lie in the abstract qualities of realism as opposed to the photographic copying of nature.