Angelo Romano: A Museum Preview
The quintessential works of Angelo Romano, El Taller's Artist-in-Residence, including paintings never before shown, will be on on exhibit through the month of August.
Angelo Romano's paintings are in the Museo de Arte de Ponce (Puerto Rico), El Museo de Arte Popular de Madrid (España), El Museo de Barrio (NYC) as well as in private collections throughout the world. He is best known for his angels, small protective talismans that he distributes freely to all, and for his murals which decorate many public spaces in Europe and the United States.
Born in Spain, Romano left his native country as a young man, travelling the world as a sailor in the merchant marine. He began to paint while living in Brazil. There he was asked to decorate several boats by a Brazilian captain. He has been painting ever since.
An art collector from the United States who saw this early work bought many of Angelo's paintings and brought the artist to the U.S. in 1968. Since then Angelo has produced a vast body of work. In addition to his canvases and his relief sculptures, he has made theater sets, frescos, totems, masks and furniture. His work emphasizes the importance of recycling and the frugal use of available materials. Angelo paints bottles, old shoes, used frying pans; he rescues from the trash what others throw away and transforms it into art. His largest projects have been accomplished for the most part with recycled materials. Alternately nostalgic, delirious, political and simply delightful, Angelo Romano's work defies categorization.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS and PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
Museo de la Villa, Madrid, Spain (1994-95)
Museo de Arte Popular, Albacete, Spain (1994-95)
Museo del Barrio, New York, NY (permanent collection)
Museo Gregorio Prieto, Valepeñas, Spain (1993)
Museo Nestor las Palmas, Islas Canarias, Spain (1991)
Museo de Arte Popular, Jene, Spain (1988)
Museo Teresiña, Marañon, Spain (1985)
Museo de Arte De Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico (1973)
Museo de Bellas Artes, Bello Horizonte, Brazil (1967)
Museo de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1966)
Museo Provincial, Logroño, Spain (permanent collection)