Born in Santiago de Chile, Romanho ,originally worked as a journalist and Producer for Telemundo. In 2001 after moving to Dallas, tragedy struck, and Romanho turned into painting in order to deal with anguish, he explains : “I painted out of grief. My feelings started accumulating, and I had to let them out.”
Romanho’s technique is understandably bold and involves painting on specially treated newsprint. “ I love graffiti , “ he says. “My paintings become a piece of wall rich in texture and colors. It is my way to communicate with the world.” Roman decided To begin painting on newspaper with paints made of bark, roots and flowers from Chile and the United States. He also developed his own secret way to make the paper like leather and keep it from being destroyed by the paint. “ I paint on newsprint, and because of that some people would consider it this crude, primitive, temporary and not worthy of attention, “ he says. “ However, by choosing to use this common material that most professional artists don’t use, it is special and unique.”
“My job as an artist is more about catching a spillover of emotions than trying to mimic or create an accurate photographic renedition of images,” Romanho says. “ At first view, the subject matter seems basic or elementary in form, however, the colors and vibrancy of my brushwork gives soul to the flat surface. You can feel the soul behind the paint. “ That is one reason the actress Queen Latifah, says she became interested in Romanho’s work. “ I recognized Romanho as an original painter because of his original use of material. “ Miss Latifah says, “His paintings are unpredictable and his passion for his work is beautiful. I haven’t seen a painting anywhere that looks like this.”
“My work come from my soul rather than eyes, brain or paintbrush, I feel what I paint,” Romanho says. “So in the works that appear chaotic it is only because the paper allows some of the chaos of everyday life to spill out. “
Romanho is currently working in a new series of Digital ArtWork, where he has found the Cubist/Futurist dimensions but brought them one step further by adding modern photo portraiture. And not traditional portraiture, but photo-stylism with an unique dimensions. Not just trying to have them jump off the page>But combined two dimensional cubism with three dimensional photo portrait true with the flat canvas. The flat use of colors reinforces how the portrait sticks to the canvas seems very important to hold the image in time.
Collectors and Exhibitions
EXHALE, Inc New York City, Hotel Palomar, Dallas Texas Cathedral of Hope, Dallas, Tx Waxahachie Bank and Trust Peace Project, Dallas Tx
WOW, Ibc, Dallas, Tx Musical Angels, Dallas, Tx Umbrellas for Peace, Dallas Chapter Erikah Badu Foundation Planet Peace USA Queen Latifah Chip Cribbs