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Meet John Romi

Today we’d like to introduce you to John Romi.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I began creating figurative art as a child. I’ve always been interested in cuneiform writing, which is an ancient form of writing system used in Mesopotamia. I studied the ancient Mesopotamian script cuneiform and utilized correct configurations to spell out words and concepts across my canvases. I began incorporating it into my artworks shortly after completing my Master of Science in Engineering, Computer Science, Graphic Arts and Multimedia from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden in 2003. Over time, I developed my unique art style, “Cuneiformism.”

Cuneiformism is a fusion of cuneiform writing and abstract art. I use a variety of techniques, including painting and drawing, to create my artwork. My pieces often feature bright colors and bold shapes, and they are inspired by a range of subjects, including mythology, nature, and human emotion. Outside of the Cuneiform script, my canvases also emphasize love, life, family, friends and peace, all things that the ancient civilizations promoted as well. So, in more than one way, my canvases reflect the ancient Mesopotamian civilizations.

I have exhibited my art in galleries and museums worldwide, including in the United States and Europe. I’ve received many awards for my work in both Sweden and the US. My artistic journey is one of passion, dedication, and creativity. I’ve been able to turn my childhood fascination with cuneiform writing into a unique and vibrant art style that has gained recognition on a global scale.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
For many artists, the path to success is rarely a smooth one. Creating a unique artistic style like Cuneiformism can be complicated and may take years of experimentation and practice.

Juggling between my work and art was always a challenge, but the pandemic actually created an opportunity for me to spend more time creating art. My success and recognition as an artist suggest that I’ve been able to overcome any obstacles I may have faced and achieve my goals through my dedication and hard work.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Art allows me to express myself uniquely and meaningfully through color, texture, or form. This can be a powerful tool for self-discovery and personal growth. The process of creating art is incredibly satisfying, and it allows me to tap into my imagination and creativity.

Art can connect people across cultures, languages, and backgrounds. I use my art to communicate universal themes and ideas that resonate with others. Art has the power to inspire, challenge, and provoke thought. I can make a positive impact on the world and inspire change.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
The best way to contact me would be through my official website or social media channels. My website provides a contact form where you can send me a message directly, and my social media profiles, such as Instagram, may also offer options to connect with me.

Also, by contacting my fantastic business partner Caroline Haller who’s been a magnificent supporter of me and my art.

If you’re interested in supporting my work, you can attend my exhibitions, purchase my artwork, or share my work on social media or other platforms. Supporting local galleries or museums that exhibit my work can also indirectly support my artistic practice.

Additionally, spreading awareness about my work and my unique art style, “Cuneiformism” may help me gain further recognition in the art world.

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Image Credits
Subject: Circle of Life Technique: Acrylic on canvas – Mixed Media Subject: Great Lyre (Sumerian Harp) Technique: Acrylic on canvas – Mixed Media with Gold Accent Subject: Home Technique: Acrylic on canvas – Mixed Media Subject: Shalom Technique: Acrylic on canvas – Mixed Media Subject: Sunrise Technique: Acrylic on canvas – Mixed Media

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