My name is Robert John “Robbie” Ierubino, Jr. I am a US-born, autistic artist who emigrated to Vienna, Austria, when I was 14. In June 2020, I graduated from Staffordshire University in Stoke-on-Trent, England, with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree in Graphic Design. In November 2021, I will receive my Master of Arts degree in Arts and Creative Technologies (also from Staffs).
I am autistic. Throughout my entire life, I faced many challenges that "typical" kids do not. It took me a long time to speak as a child, and communication is still difficult. Because of my autism, I struggle with verbal communication. Talking with people and writing my thoughts are difficult because it is hard for me to find the right words. Through my art, I feel free. I think autism has given me a unique perspective, and I hope that my view comes through in my art. As my senses are always on high alert, my understanding of the world around me may be different from others. Sometimes, though, these constant bombardments are not welcome and may overwhelm me.
My works put a modern spin on the inspiration drawn from many different arts and designers throughout the history of art and creative styles. Through my artwork, I want people to learn to accept differences, sincerely feel and show empathy for others, share memories, find common interests, and treat others fairly.
I hope my works provoke an emotional response.