Italian born, Roberto Pasta Pantaleo spent most of his childhood in an Italian immigrant neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. Pasta inherited his nickname from his older brother Nick, who was often being called "Pasta Fazul" by friends, because of his heavy Italian accent and their difficulty pronouncing his real name, Pantaleo. As a young teenager, Pasta, was instrumental in convincing his family to move to South Florida, the epitome of sun and sea.
Pasta has always been fascinated by motorcycles, hot rods and most of all the challenge of customizing these vehicles. After Pasta reluctantly agreed to pinstripe a friend's customized van, he quickly realized just how great the demand for custom painted vehicles was and taught himself to airbrush, which led him as a world-class airbrush artist in the seventies. Due to his new found fame he was commissioned to custom paint a variety of vehicles for some of South Florida's most eccentric characters, living the lavish Miami Vice lifestyle so defining that era.
In 2001, all this experience led to Jamie Bunn of Bluewater Movements to commission Pasta on a new project to improve the image branding of his professional fishing tournament series. This work became a major catalyst for Pasta's life-changing career move. That first painting was called "Everybody's Gonna Be There," appeared as a poster in the Pompano Beach Mercury Sea Vee Saltwater slam. While Pasta was busy with his career in the commercial sign business he was vacationing with his family in the Florida Keys and promoting his artwork through local galleries, art shows and fishing tournaments.
After selling his business in 2006, Pasta moved to Islamorada, Florida opening his first gallery, "Keys to Life," on Windley Key. Pasta was at that location for five years before moving into a historic 1937 Red Cross House, naming his new gallery, Pasta Pantaleo Signature Gallery. Upon moving to the new location and talking with locals, Pasta felt there was something missing in the neighborhood. He soon became the founding President of Morada Way Arts & Cultural District with an art walk the third Thursday of each month. It provides a family friendly venue with an area to walk around listen to music, talk to artists, eat great food and enjoy locally brewed beer.
Pasta's creativity never rests. In April 2016 he opened his second gallery in the Ocean Sotheby's Realty complex, Roberto•Russell Galleries, is a coastal lifestyle gallery. Combing traditional techniques with an abstract twist, Pasta's art captures the spirit of his favorite subject, marine life.
Pasta sees his home in Islamorada as similar to living in a small fishing village in his native Italy, with its slow pace allowing him the opportunity to stop and appreciate the natural beauty that inspires his work.
"If we can take a journey and help a little along the way it will make a difference in the world. The collectors that share my passion for art, the ocean and helping others just make my life as an artist that much more rewarding" --Pasta Pantaleo