Inside the Bright, Bold World of Artist Donald Robertson

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This article first appeared in the Summer 2023 issue of New Beauty. Click here to subscribe

Donald Robertson (aka @drawbertson, the “Andy Warhol of Instagram”) began his career in the 1990s as a creative director for various fashion and beauty brands, including MAC Cosmetics, Estée Lauder and Bobbi Brown. Through his work as an artist and gallerist, he continues to brighten the world with a bold, whimsical and humorous style that inspires his dedicated social media following.

Daily Deeds

“My nightly routine is ‘coffee, coffee, coffee,’ and ‘paint, paint, paint.’ I usually work out at seven and go back to painting. I also like hot yoga. It helps get the paint off my hands.”

Special Splurge

“I just bought my wife an oil painting by artist Michael De Feo, aka @theflowerguy. I splurged for her birthday because she wrangled me a gallery space in Palm Beach for my birthday.”

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Cinema Paradiso

“What’s Up Doc and Papermoon with a side of The Royal Tenenbaums.”

A-list Inspo

“I ran into my buddy Iris Apfel at 44 in the basement of the Palm Beach Towers. The chicken pot pie is so good and happy hour goes for hours. It’s a local secret, but the food is crazy good.”

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Prized Possessions

“The only things I collect are my kids. I have five and they’re all special for different reasons. They’re an expensive collection, but I love it. We are big Scrabble people and very competitive.”

Blue Period

“One of my favorite collabs was GlamGlow ($30) and Sonic the Hedgehog. Sega realized 41 percent of Sonic gamers were women and not boys. We turned Sephora Sonic blue!”

Dream Locale

“My Royal Poinciana gallery or anywhere with canvas, paint and Wi-Fi.”

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