Friday, May 20, 2011

Vicente Romero

Name: Vincente Romero
Bio: Vicente Romero Redondo was born in 1956 in Madrid as the eldest of four sons. During his childhood, his interest in art manifested itself as he drew sketches and caricatures of schoolmates and teachers in every school where he studied (due to the work of his father, he grew up in many different towns all over Spain). The family returned to Madrid when Romero was 15 years and he began studies at the prestigious Faculty of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid (Salvador Dali’s alma mater). He started with sculpture, but soon switched to painting, and he graduated with honors in 1982. Then he spent several years working on the street, just as José Luis Fuentetaja had done, painting pastel portraits in villages along the Spanish coast and on Tenerife, Majorca and Ibiza. In 1987 Romero and his wife settled on the Costa Brava, with its marvellous light, where he perfected his individual style and subject matter, converting intimate situations of life into the leitmotif of his art, a modern interpretation of the great Spanish Maja tradition. Since the early ‘90s Romero has had one-man exhibitions in Spain, France and Portugal. In 2001 he moved back to Madrid, but he still spends time on the Costa Brava.
Romero is represented internationally by galleries in Portugal (Euroarte, Lisboa), Spain (Puerta de Alcalá, Madrid), France (The Little Gallery, 14 rue de la Porte Bouqueyre, 33330 Saint-Emilion,) and the USA (Alexander and Victor Fine Art, Miami).
Medium: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Figurative, the nude, portraits.

Je viens de trouver cela dans une traduction française de La Maja Desnuda par V. Blasco Ibañez :

L’adjectif majo (féminin : maja) n’a pas d’ équivalent exact en français. Il signifie à peu près : beau, élégant d’allure, mais avec une nuance d’ostentation. A la fin du XVIIIe siécle et au commencement du  XIXe, c’est à peu  près exclusivement  aux femmes du peuple habillées avec une certaine élégance que le mot maja s'est appliqué. Le costume de la Maja, qui consiste en une jupe étroite recouverte d’une résille de soie, avec une ample mantille envellopant la tête et le buste, a été adopté, au temps de Goya, par les femmes de la plus haute aristocratie madrilène, et il a été consideré depuis, dans le reste de l’Europe, comme le costume national des Espagnoles. 
Style: Traditional, representational. He owes his technique in oil painting to his academic training, although he has increasingly explored pastel, wich he finds more direct, more spontaneous, and as he quotes provides the opportunity for “unrivalled delicacy”.
Navigation: This is a Spanish website, based on the Wordpress blog format. The above URL connects to an English version. The main menu remains available at top of page.
Gallery: Gallery 2007-2009; Gallery 2010-2011
Image View: Each gallery consists of a page of large thumbnails these enlarge further in a new window when clicked. Informaton on medium and size of original is given as a tooltip when the cursor rests on the image. Download is allowed. The image displayed is 60 x 81 cm, 1382 x 1020, 329 KB.
Blog: The Spanish version of Vincente’s blog is available here.
Demo/Ebay: No
Update: I wrote an in-depth piece on Vicente for the June 2012 issue of the Pastel Journal, and I reproduce it here with the permission of FW Media.


  1. Wow - amazing! Kind of reminds me of Pino.

  2. Hi Kari - for me, Daniel Gerhartz comes to mind. I love the backlighting, the fabrics, the romance!

  3. Да. Это божественно. У меня не открылась ни одна страница. Проклятье.