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Rising Stars: Meet Rossana Romero

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rossana Romero.

Hi Rossana, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I knew I wanted to be an artist when I was really young but I didn’t really know or understood my options on how to do that. I always just knew I was good at everything that was creating. I was born in Colombia and moved to Houston as a kid. From there, I tried all types of things, I studied in San Francisco and then dropped out because I couldn’t afford it, eventually trying all types of jobs I started assisting special effects artists and moved to LA where I began to work on set. Working as a freelancer gave me the freedom to work on my own work and create as much as I wanted while also learning new skills. I have since then in my journey been in several group shows in galleries and museums, I have assisted amazing artists and had my first solo show in Austin, Texas Feb. 2020 right before everything shut down. Since then, I have changed sceneries and have been in Brooklyn getting inspired for my new series. I have been preparing and creating for the past year, hopefully I can find a gallery to show it in, or maybe I will find a manager who can find it for me.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
No, it definitely hasn’t been smooth but every obstacle that I have encountered has always been worth it at the end. I’m sure other artists have had to deal with bad assistant jobs or working a bunch of weird jobs just to make the craft you wanna make because being an artist is an expensive passion, but I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I would say primarily I’m a painter and I focus on my experience as an immigrant from Latin America and being in the United States and the identities between them, most of my work is my own story and my own narrative but I really enjoy using historical references in my work and references from my country which is Colombia. I’m not really sure on what I’m known for or what I specialize in but in my opinion, I would say that I personally feel really confident in my color theory and in the detail that I put into my work. I’m also pretty known for my portraits some would say that I am a realistic painter but I still don’t think I am I believe I use a lot of surrealism and imperialism in my work since I am usually creating a story. I’m proud of all my pieces even the work but I haven’t shown to others or put on social media, some of my favorite work I haven’t shown to anyone and I’m proud of all of my work even the ones I give away that I don’t want.

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
Somethings surprising that most people don’t know about me and my work is the amount of research I put into my pieces, usually takes me months to research something and I use a lot of historical references and I know that I’ve mentioned it before and this interview but it’s because I don’t really think people understand how much history I’m throwing at them because of how light-hearted my paintings seem to be on the surface. Also, something that most people probably don’t know unless they know me personally and have known me for a long time is that I have been taking film photos for a very long time and I have been taking photos in general since I was about 13 years old, I just don’t show my photography to anyone and I am normally taking my photos just for myself. Every now and then, I’ll probably make an album on my website of some of my favorite photography that I’ve taken but I normally don’t show anyone because it is just for me. I have also written two poetry books and I have been writing poetry also maybe around the age of 11/12 years old and that is also something that most people probably don’t know I do unless you know me personally. I do use some of the poetry that I write and will take bits of the poems and make them into the titles for some of my paintings.

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