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Caricatures by Robert Risko

Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Caricatures by Robert Risko. American caricature artist Robert Risko was born November 11, 1956 in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. His colorful style is as original as the famous people he represents. Robert Risko is today’s most celebrated caricaturist. His style embodies the spirit of the 1930s Vanity Fair caricaturists Miguel Covarrubias and Paolo Garretto the latter of which he corresponded with until his death in 1989. In the last 20 years, he has portrayed everyone from Dolly Parton to Jesse Jackson, Martha Stewart and Britney Spears.

Caricatures by Robert Risko

Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Robert Risko began his career by following in the footsteps of his mentor Andy Warhol and moved to New York City from Pittsburgh. He started drawing iconic celebrity portraits in his inimitable graphic style for Warhol’s trendy downtown Interview Magazine. His hard edged airbrush style was an instant hit. Risko was influenced by the shiny aesthetic of the 1970s and the Deco revival taking place in New York City at the time. Risko recalls, “New York was a petrie dish of creativity back then with people like Mapplethorpe and Madonna pushing the envelope. It was an amazing time to be starting out then.”

Sylvester Stallone. Caricatures by Robert Risko

Sylvester Stallone. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Caricatures by Robert Risko

Vogue 50th Anniversary Party at The NY Public Library. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Yoko Ono. Caricatures by Robert Risko

Yoko Ono. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Risko’s work is published regularly in most major magazines including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and Interview and seen everywhere including television on VH1′s Pop 200 Icons Countdown. He illustrated the packaging for the Capitol Sings composer series, and HBO’s Comedy Club video series. A collection of his work can be seen in his book simply entitled The Risko Book published by the Monacelli Press or on his website www.robertrisko.com.

Barbra Streisand. Caricatures by Robert Risko

Barbra Streisand. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Brigitte Bardot. Caricatures by Robert Risko

Brigitte Bardot. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Brooke Shields. Caricatures by Robert Risko

Brooke Shields. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Cher. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Cher. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Diana Ross. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Diana Ross. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Dolly Parton. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Dolly Parton. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Elizabeth Taylor. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Elizabeth Taylor. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Elvis. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Elvis. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Grease (1978) Oliva Newton-John & John Travolta. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Grease (1978) Oliva Newton-John & John Travolta. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

John Travolta. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

John Travolta. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Karl Lagerfeld. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Karl Lagerfeld. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Liza Minnelli. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Liza Minnelli. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Lucille Ball. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Lucille Ball. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Marilyn Monroe from Something’s Gotta Give. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Marilyn Monroe from Something’s Gotta Give. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Martin Luther King Jr. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Martin Luther King Jr. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Michael Jackson. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Michael Jackson. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Queen Elizabeth. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Queen Elizabeth. Caricatures of celebrities by American artist Robert Risko

Robert Risko