Description: ANTONIO ROMANO: (1953-2018) "Serenity-Boundarys Are Protected.." Mixed Media EScribble
Dimensions: 10.5 x 12.5 artist self-framed, frame has nicks and loss
Signed: On the verso
Condition: Very good
ANTONIO ROMANO (1953-2018)
Internationally known Fresco Artist Antonio Romano has a style that is reminiscent of a bygone era with the use of colors from that time as well as imagery. He self frames each piece, seeking out old frames and paper to work from. His background as a fresco painted suits his style perfectly. He has as well developed a technique called E Scroll Modern , or e-scribble. Mr. Romano adds on to numerous pieces his poetry, as well with a creative thought process that challenges the mind. Mr. Romano builds each painting around frames that are hand selected and are a part of the work itself, if there is a chip or a crack it's meant to be and should be left as it is. The artist works with inks and dyes often his own formula with pigments he has created over the years and handed down by his ancestors, there is no living artist today with his unique style and skill.
Romano was born in Italy in 1953. He is an artist with ancestral roots dating back five generations. His teachers in Italy included Luigi Fali, a student of Pietra Annagoni(portrait painter of Queen Elizabeth).Romano has developed a distinctive style combining modernism & folk art which he calls e-scribble. There are often elements of and/or an aura of surrealism.E-scribble is a style he developed within the last few years, well after first visiting the USA in 1966 with several trips back to Italy before remaining here. He attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and worked under James Moriarty.
E Scroll Modern, e-scribble, derived from childhood memories and symbols from Central Italy.The inspiration came from the exposure to design features of wool tapestries made on family looms which wove their influence into his mindscape as an almost metaphyical melancholy backdrop to his art. The influence of Man Ray, Giorgio De Chirico,the Italian Futurists, Paul Delvaux and Rene Magritte is acknowledged but Romano has assimilated their influence and gone his own way to create stunning & provocative paintings that are carefully & skillfully conceived,designed and executed.
He often writes a few words, a saying of his own, poetry if you will, to add to the painting's meaning and/or mystery. The delicate looping e is a design backdrop that adds dimension and a temporal & enigmatic quality. There are objects that may be interpreted in different ways.The viewer of course ultimately decides on their meanings and the satisfaction derived from viewing the artwork.
Romano has taught fresco painting and one of his fresco panels was bought by Leo Castelli. The artist Albert Pels was a friend and collector of his work. He has done frescoes for the St Mary's Cathedral in Albany and Our Lady of Pompeii in Greenwich Village. He continues to live, conceive and paint in New Jersey.
His artwork is handled in Molise, Italy by Galleria Centrale Bojano . He is a listed artist and is in art collections throughout the world.*
Mr. Romano passed away Jan 2018.
*Courtesy Askart, Ruby Lane Gallery and Spring Lake Art Gallery