Vincent Romaniello

BROOKLYN/PHILADELPHIA, NY

Vincent Romaniello
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

After working in San Francisco for 14 years for publications including The Bay Guardian and Metro Magazine, Vincent moved to New York City where he concentrated his studies on painting at the School of Visual Arts and the New York Academy. He has exhibited his artwork nationally and internationally including the Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Roger Smith Gallery, New York, NY; Butters Gallery Ltd., Portland OR; Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ and the University of Wisconsin-Stout, WI.

Recent exhibitions include:
SpectreArts, Durham, NC (solo)

Miscellaneous & Blended, Museo de Arte de Sinaloa, Mexico
The Big Small Show, Victory Hall Drawing Room, Jersey City, NJ
The Artist's Studio, BRIC Arts | Media, Brooklyn, NY
Nation III: Circle the Wagons, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Microcollection, Milan, Italy
Lines DrawnCharles Krause Gallery, Washington, DC
Take Me Home, Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
Legends Anew, Centotto, Brooklyn, NY
Working It Out, The Painting Center, NYC
My Story: A Nationwide Diversity Art Show, Washington State University of Vancouver, WA

In 2008, Sage Projects was founded by Vincent and in early 2009 the group opened a co-op gallery operated by it's members. The space was a repurposed retail store that was on loan for an eight month period during which time over 200 under-recognized artists were given an opportunity to exhibit their work.

From 2004 until the present Vincent has documented the work of over 50 artists and art groups on videotape and presented the work via the internet, in exhibition, screenings and on cable television. And, he continues to document the arts on his blog romanblog2.blogspot.com. 

Vincent has been the recipient of honors from SpaceWorks, Chashama NYC (residency), The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The State Museum of Harrisburg, The Center for Art in Wood (2 residencies) Philadelphia, PA and others. His work is in private collections around the world as well as public and corporate collections that include: Coventry Corporation, Fort Washington, PA; The Park Hyatt at The Bellevue in Philadelphia, PA; Morgan Lewis, Philadelphia, PA.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Two things I'm concerned with in my work are magic and mechanics. By 'magic' I mean the unknown, the unexpected. By 'mechanics' I mean the actual making of the work: the materials and methods, both traditional and new, that bring it into being. Sometimes the mechanics itself seems magical.          

Magic, of course, can be found everywhere if we keep our eyes open enough. It's active in lucky finds, unlikely pairings and serendipitous encounters, for example, and it inhabits inspirational spaces like art studios, houses of worship, urban centers, rural landscapes, and curious corners in attics in old homes.     
     

Entire bodies of work have been sparked by a tiny piece of litter I found on the sidewalk. I consider it an important part of my practice to actively observe the world around me. I consider observation and reflection to be just as important to the creative process as experimentation and the creation of objects. For me, the former activities always give way to the latter.  


I often approach the actual making of objects intuitively, allowing elements like subject matter, forms, colors and borders to find me as I seek them. I like to think that casual mechanics leave more room for magic.

VINCENT ROMANIELLO

b. 1963
Lives and works in Brooklyn/Philadelphia, NY

513 Johnson Avenue
2nd floor #2
Brooklyn, NY 11206