Livingston Roberts (American 1942-2004), Original Florida Highwaymen Hall of Fame Artist, is outstanding even among the Highwaymen. His work is always in demand, with his prices growing even more quickly than many of the other Highwaymen. I am very proud to offer this wonderful large painting that I feel is one of his best. At the end of the listing I have copied what A. J. Brown, a Highwaymen descendant who is an extremely gifted artist herself, wrote in her site FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN HISTORIC ARTISTS about Livingston Roberts. I found his life fascinating, and thought the reader would also. I certainly recommend your going to her site for some wonderful reading.
Country of Origin: U. S. A.
Artist: Hall of Fame Original Florida Highwaymen Livingston "Castro" Roberts (American 1942-2004)
Medium: Oil on Canvas.
Title: "The Beautiful St. Lucie"
Signed: lower right.
Size: Canvas is 24 by 30 inches; framed approximately 28 by 34 inches.
Condition: Very Good.
Authentication: ALL of our Highwaymen paintings have been authenticated by the recognized authority on Highwaymen paintings, Mr.Paul Barratini.
***Please note that the physical colors of this item may vary from the pictures in the listing, given the quality of the camera and the lighting.
From A. J. Brown, a very gifted herself and dedicated descendant's site FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN HISTORIC ARTISTS -
"The History Maker!" - "Livingston "Castro" Roberts, A legend of the Road," is an icon on the Highwaymen Heritage Trail of Fort Pierce, Florida. One of the earliest Highwaymen artists, Castro was born in Elkton, Florida. He moved to Fort Pierce to live with his family, in 1957. Livingston met Alfred Hair, the young men were both 19 years of age and shared a love for painting, they became good friends.
The buddies enjoyed sharing their talents, many of the painters learned to paint from Roberts. The painters would later be called the Highwaymen. His friends called him Castro, named for his beard, he resembled the country's dictator of Cuba, Fidel Castro.
One summer night, on August 9, in 1970, was a night Castro would not forget. Castro and Alfred were enjoying drinks at Eddie's Place, a popular juke joint on Avenue D, where locals and the painters often gathered, after a long day on the road selling art. Castro and Alfred were having drinks, the dynamics changed when the jokes and loud laughter went just a little too far.
Julius Funderburk, crossed Alfred in a jealous rage, in what could have been a misunderstanding over Funderburk's girl. Threatened by the thought, Funderburk went outside to his car, returned with a gun, and shot Alfred once. Alfred fell, the second shot to his body took Alfred's life. That night, at that moment, so many lives changed forever. Castro witnessed his friend lose his life, he was heartbroken.
Castro was never the same, he moved to Buffalo New York, to live with family. The change of atmosphere helped him heal, and he began to paint again. Castro sold much of his work in Canada.
In 1975, Castro moved back to Fort Pierce. He painted on the red carpet, in his backyard under the big Brazilian pepper tree. No shirt, he painted bareback, the Florida breeze against his skin kept him cool. Among laughter and drinking, smoking was another enjoyment in Livingston's life, but the cigarettes lead to lung cancer. Livingston Roberts died, January 17, 2004.
A loving man, Livingston had a good heart, he painted for more than 47 years. He influenced those he knew and those he didn't know, through his love of Florida landscapes. His life's work brought joy to all.
One of the best painters, many sold his work. According to Al Black, he sold Castro work since 1963. Al Black, highway-ed across the Florida, Georgia state line, Alabama, and other states.
Livingston "Castro" Roberts is a part of the Highwaymen Heritage Trail, in St. Lucie County. Castro helped make Highwaymen art what it is today.
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Hall of Fame Original Florida Highwaymen Livingston "Castro" Roberts (1942-2004)