Robert Calafiore was interviewed by Hamidah Glasgow for Strange Fire:
[RC]: Using the male figure as a subject was an obvious choice for me. I recognized the nude as a muse throughout art history, inspiring artworks across time. Research and study of artworks depicting the male nude, from Greek and Roman sculpture to Renaissance painting to early 1900’s photographs, have served as a critical influence. Focus on the male nude as an object, to be lusted after, as in so many historic and contemporary works of art depicting the female nude, was both calculated and intuitive. These works, after all, are about me, about my secret loves, desires, and intimate relationships, as well as my shames, insecurities, and questions about who I am.