“MIKE ROMAN IS NOT DEAD”
Solo Art Exhibit for Mike Roman
Curated by Edgar Varela (EVFA)
Urban Sanctuary LA @ 2026 E. 1st Street, LA 90033
Opening Reception; Sat. January 30th 2010, 7-11pm.
Using various printing methods on textile, wood, terracotta, and paper, Michael Roman displays his imaginative mixture of both nostalgic symbols from his cultural upbringing with images inspired by his present day. This is solo exhibition will showcase past and present work from the artist.
Born and raised in greater Los Angeles, Michael Roman moved to New York’s lower east side in the mid-70’s. Working as an aspiring artist / bike messenger, Michael frequently delivered packages and hung out at Andy Warhol’s labs in Manhattan. There, he received a great deal of inspiration to what would become his life work of stencil / screen art, combining Warhol techniques with old-Mexico methods and ancient images, which has become known as “Latinissmo”.
Michael’s textile art, known for its all over coverage and hand made appearance brings life to stencils and images. Avoiding the sterilized look, which is so common, the hand wrought artwork appears as unique and imperfect as life itself.
Michael’s clients have included celebrities such as Carlos Santana, Madonna, and Keith Richards. His artwork has been chosen to adorn album covers, Hotel VIP rooms, movie sets, night clubs, and dozens of restaurants.
In the mid-90’s, Michael was discovered by Carlos Santana, and he moved to San Francisco where he has been making personal artwork, clothing, and furniture for the superstar. Michael participates in several international events and has a permanent display at the Oaxaca Heritage Museum in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Michael currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Mission Cultural Center in San Francisco, where also teaches classes to aspiring and students in the Mission district.
Edgar Varela Fine Arts is dedicated to bringing new and exiting emerging artist to the spotlight. EVFA has a showroom space located on Alameda Street between 5th Street and 6th Street at the corner with Palmetto Street. Parking is located in front of the building and on the surrounding street. The gallery space is open by appointment only other than the day of the opening. For more information visit http://www.edgarvarelafinearts.com.
urban:sanctuary – is a gallery and retail location located in the emerging area of Boyle Heights. For more information please http://www.urbansanctuaryla.com
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