Robert De Niro's Childhood Photos | PORTRAIT OF A FAMILY | New York City, 1944 De Niro's parents, Victoria Admiral and Robert De Niro Sr., separated when he was 2, and his mom raised him. Years later he found out his father was gay. "My mother sort of intimated [it], but he would never say, 'Son, I want you to know . . .' That only happens in the movies. He was private."
Painter, sculptor and poet Robert De Niro, Sr. was a substantial contributor to post-war American art for his dedication to painterly representation. While his contemporaries eschewed the figurative style of the Old Masters. De Niro reveled in it.
Not too long ago, I read in a newspaper article about Robert De Niro and his European travels he did about 40 years ago. Back then, these kind of tourist destinations were extremely popular among young Americans - if you were young and adventurous you didn't need much money to visit most of the Europe by foot and hitchhiking..