Rachel Romano

Rachel Romano

    Contact Information

    rachel@rachelromanofineart.com

    Phone: (484) 288-0170

    https://www.rachelromanofineart.com/

    Gallery

    Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

    Beddington Fine Art
    Bargemon, France


    Symbolic Female

    Allegories

    Small Studies

    Artist's Biography

    Rachel Romano's connection to art begin at age 6 with regular sojourns with her father to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. These museum visits, and her father being a poet, planted the seeds of storytelling in her art.

    Rachel had thought she would be a visual storyteller for children. A number of years ago she began taking workshops with Tim Hawkesworth to connect with her personal vision. Rachel discovered she wasn't a storyteller for children, but a storyteller for adults. She put fear aside, not a fear of painting, but a fear of discovering who she was. Rachel let go of what she should or shouldn't do as an artist.

    Rachel works full-time in her studio outside of Philadelphia. She paints mostly large canvases and drawings, and creates small monotypes. Her paintings usually take 2 months to complete. Rachel works on several paintings at a time, to give breathing room, and not to become too precious. Many times she will paint out or radically change an image if it is not working; even cut a part a painting. It is important to be fearless.

    Rachel has been awarded several residencies in Italy and France. Her work is collected in the United States, and Internationally. She is currently represented by Beddington Fine Art in Bargemon France.in her studio outside of Philadelphia.

    Artist's Statement

    "I believe that in some way we carry
    experiences of millennia through our
    DNA; and that I have been given the
    gift to express those experiences."

    I am a symbolic figure painter. I find inspiration in personal myth, and the stories of others. The laughter, love, and sorrow of our lives fills my creative well. It is this connecting to one's heart that brings the richness of story out in my paintings.

    Many of my works are focused around the feminine, and our roles and choices in society. As an artist it is important for me to connect to my deeper self, and question the WHY, the WHAT, and the HOW one sees, and feels. I have a need to explore how we find strength, and change through adversity.

    My paintings and drawings are expressed in a more traditional style, but their imagery and meanings are contemporary. You must look deep into them, and yourself to decode them. Ultimately, I hope when people view my paintings, they are taken somewhere else.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo
    2021
    Blue Streak Gallery, Wilmington, DE

    Cohen East Gallery, GoggleWorks, Reading, PA

    La Macina di San Cresci, Greve, Chianti, Italy

    2019
    La Macina di San Cresci, Greve, Chianti, Italy

    Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    2017
    True North, Mala Galleria, Kennett Square, PA

    2016
    The Art of BEING, The Boyer Gallery, Pottstown, PA

    Group
    2021
    Le Festival de Seillans, France

    2020
    Beddington Fine Art 20th Anniversary Show, Beddington Fine Art, Bargemon, France

    Le Festival de Bargemon, France
    Postponed

    2019
    Le Festival de Bargemon, France

    Awaken Gallery Anniversary Show, Awaken Gallery, Mt. Holly, NC

    2018
    Imaginari, Oxford Art Alliance, Oxford, PA

    Chester County Studio Tours, Chester County, PA

    2017
    Totems and Allegories, Jed Williams Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Figures, Malvern Retreat House, Malvern, PA

    Chester County Studio Tours, Chester County, PA

    2016
    Chester County Studio Tours, Chester County, PA

    Winter Exhibition, Jam Gallery, Malvern, PA

    2015
    Old Enough To Know Better, Women's Caucus For Art, Philadelphia, PA

    Figures, The Art Trust, West Chester, PA

    Historic Yellow Springs, Yellow Springs, PA

    Art on the Hill, Boyer Gallery PAAG, Pottstown, PA

    Chester County Studio Tours, Chester County, PA

    Residencies

    2020
    Artist Residency, Bargemon, France

    Artist Residencym La Macina di San Cresci, Greve, Italy

    2019
    Artist Residency, Bargemon, France

    Artist Residencym La Macina di San Cresci, Greve, Italy

    2017
    Artist Residency/Fellowship, Chateau Orquevaux, France

    Awards

    2018
    Imaginari, Oxford Art Alliance, Oxford, PA
    Curator

    2017
    Didier Grant, Chateaus Oqueveax

    Private Collections

    United States
    Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, North Carolina, Texas, California, Louisiana, Colorado

    International
    Abu Dhabi, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, Norway, United Kingdom

    Education

    Lyme Academy of Fine Arts
    Painting