Robert John Gorske

Robert John Gorske, 69, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, June 6, 2021. “Bob” was one of the most nationally prominent and respected airbrush artists of his time; his talent featured on covers of renowned automotive publications and displayed at industry events on a countrywide scale.

Bob was widely known for the meticulous nature and lifelike quality of his artistry, perfectly portraying the vision of his clients as his work transformed ideas into virtual reality. His depictions of nature scenes, gothic and religious representations, portraits and characters, and pinstriping mosaics, were products of perfection and often garnered a “second look” to confirm his art was truly not a photo. He was that talented!

A native of New Britain, CT and raised in Southington, Bob was the loving husband of 42 years to Desiree (Paradis) Gorske and son to Stephanie (Orzech) Gorske and the late Joseph Gorske.

Surviving in addition to his wife and mother, are Bob’s three children; Jessica, wife of Jason Allen, Matthew and Michael Gorske; two grandchildren Emily and Hunter Allen, and brothers Ted and Jim Gorske.

Bob was a graduate of Southington High School and the University of Connecticut. Along with his wife Desi, he was the founder and owner of Roade Studio, a prominent painting and customizing company in Plainville, CT. Despite retiring some years ago, Bob’s work can still be witnessed on cars and motorcycles throughout the country. Just look for the “GORSKE” signature and take that “second look”!

His early love for art and creativity can best be summed up in his 1970 high school yearbook life’s goal notation…”to paint the Sistine Chapel in Day-Glo!”

Bob was a loving husband, father and grandfather and continued to work on projects during retirement in his studio barn in PA, dedicating recent months to the building of custom guitars from scratch. He was also an animal lover often rescuing abandoned and stray cats. Services will be held at the convenience of the family.


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Robert John Gorske

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