“Robert Star was created with the goal of providing a first class service for our clients. We understand their needs and we excel at meeting them.”

Robert RobinsonRobert Robinson — Founder/President

At a very early age Robinson was influenced by the workings of his family’s century-old London-based painting and contracting business.

What distinguishes Robinson from his contemporaries is his unique perspective on his clients’ goals. Robinson’s ability to collaborate with renowned architects, interior designers and decorators delivers consistent quality, beauty, and consummate professionalism at every level of Robert Star, Inc.

Robinson was born and raised in London, England, and was nurtured within the general contracting culture of his family’s company, F.G. Robinson Ltd. After completing an apprenticeship with the firm, Robinson carried his Family Legacy to Canada in the early 1970s, and eventually to the United States.

In Canada, Robinson applied the skills imparted through his family’s trade to luxury real estate sales and property management. In 1979, the immense opportunity of the Manhattan market drew Robinson to New York City, where he joined the Douglas Elliman firm. It was here that Robinson recognized the need for quality and first class service in the decorative finishes genre.

In 1982 Robinson combined his family legacy and real estate management skills to found Robert Star, Inc., focusing exclusively on high-end painting, decorative finishes and wall covering installation. Robinson manages the firm, excels at client relations and leads a dedicated team of skilled professionals who handle the hands-on tasks of each project. This attention has earned Robert Star the reputation for excellence and unsurpassed service.

Initially, clients of Robert Star, Inc. included the firms of Brown Harris Stevens and Douglas Elliman. Over the past 25 years Robert Star has developed an exclusive clientele of socialites, celebrities, contractors, architects and decorators who value Robinson’s creative flair and ability to maneuver within his industry as an advocate for their goals.

Read more of the Robinson Family Legacy.


Tom Smodlaka Tom Smodlaka — Supervisor

Smodlaka emigrated from Croatia to the United States more than 40 years ago. Following a 16-year career in the optical field, he transitioned to the painting industry and has been with Robert Star, Inc. for more than 20 years.

“Robert Star is like a family business; we achieve great things together,” says Smodlaka, who handles a broad range of responsibilities, from project estimates to decorative finishing.

“Teamwork is our main focus. We trust in one another and our clients trust us,” he adds. “It’s like a sports team; when you work together you win.”


Monica Gotz Monica Gotz — Decorative Finishes

Gotz was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and moved to New York City in 1990. She can trace her painting roots to four generations of decorative painters and gilders in Hof, Germany. After a successful career as a graphic designer and illustrator, she began painting professionally in 1999.

As a part of the Robert Star team for over 10 years, Gotz’s traditional skills of marbling, gilding, and trompe l’oeil to unusual finishes and color-matching, have graced the walls of homes from Manhattan to Connecticut and beyond.