Maria Pabico LaRotonda
Maria is the owner, art director, and graphic and web designer of Robot Kitten Designs. She has 20+ years experience in the advertising and design industry and has created ad campaigns for companies both locally, nationally, and internationally. Born in Washington DC, Pabico LaRotonda likes to travel and has worked on design assignments in NYC and Chicago. She settled in Buffalo, NY after being offered a job at a mid-size advertising agency.
Pabico LaRotonda is also a fine artist who uses her Apple computer to create digital paintings in Photoshop. After photographing figures for her artwork, the digital collages she makes are sometimes 100 layers deep, and are printed as giclées (sometimes as limited editions), and the final result has an environment with hints of the recognizable real world, while still being grounded in the fantastical. Maria has shown in Los Angeles and throughout galleries in New York.
In her nineteenth year as a professor of fine art, graphic design, and web communication, she has been teaching at Buffalo State College and Canisius College. In addition to her role as faculty, Maria is the Gallery and Art Collection Director at Canisius College, and has experience curating shows, installing and hanging artwork, coordinating opening receptions, handling sales with clients, and advertising exhibitions.
Maria is married to commercial illustrator / fine artist Craig LaRotonda. Combining Craig’s twenty five year career as a national and international exhibiting artist, with Maria’s experience as curator, gallerist, graphic designer, and exhibiting artist, the pair opened a fine art gallery — Revolution Gallery — in November of 2016. Their gallery has exhibited artists from North America, Europe, and South America; with an emphasis on pop-surrealism and contemporary figurative work, in a wide-range of media. The two share their home with their rescue animals, Sebastian and Natasha.
Pabico LaRotonda is active politically and socially; she has donated her design services to organizations such as the City Mission, Crisis Services of Buffalo and Erie County, and The Literacy Foundation of Buffalo.