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February 7, 2008 to May 18, 2008

Deep: New Paintings by Vincent Romaniello

Vincent Romaniello’s paintings draw inspiration from images culled from spacecraft and satellites that illustrate human activity on the planet. It is these images of the surface of the earth from great distances that influence the formal aesthetics of his abstract paintings. Due to the method Romaniello uses to achieve the textural appearance of his pieces, they resemble both painting and sculpture. The surfaces of his work have such deep furrows and are highly structured that they change as the viewer approaches the work from different angles.

Romaniello is able to achieve the rich texture of these paintings through a unique use of many materials. As Romaniello states “There is no paint or painting in the traditional sense. One of the most important parts of my approach is to use gesso as a sculptural medium using handmade tools that resemble rakes. By sprinkling dried pigments or ground charcoal, sand and other materials into the gesso mixture, the image emerges. The entire creative process has to happen in the very short period of time that gesso mixture is still wet.” Because the viscous nature of the materials, the edge of the thick painting surfaces often continue around the sides. The resulting works expose the process and the surface as a single cohesive form.

Romaniello’s work has been shown in many solo and group exhibitions, and is included many public and private collections around the United States. Recent solo and two person exhibitions include: The Urban Canvas, Gallery Siano, Philadelphia, PA (2005); the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Artworks Gallery (2004); Westiminster Seminary, Glenside, PA (2004); Terra Spiritus, Parallels Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (2003); Five Year Survey, Markheim Art Center, Haddonfield, NJ (1995); Old World, New Dreams, The Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA (1004). The most recent group exhibitions include: Pattens in Painting, Diamond Newman Gallery, Boston, MA (2007); Color, Carbon 14, Philadelphia, PA (2007); Color Reflex, Artizen Fine Arts, Dallas, TX (2007); AltGeo, Green Line Art Projects, Philadelphia, PA (2007); Order(ed), Gallery Siano, Philadelphia, PA (2006); allTURNatives: Form + Spirit, Wood Turning Center, International Turning Exchange exhibition, Philadelphia, PA (2006); Engaging the Structural, Broadway Gallery, New York, NY (2005); Works on Paper, Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ (2004); Luminosity, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA (2004); Inner Circles, traveling group exhibition, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA and Sharadin Gallery, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA (2004); Annual Invitational Exhibition, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA (2004); Journey Within, traveling group exhibition, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA and the Morrison Gallery, Penn State University, Harrisburg, PA (2003); Nature Reined, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR (2002); and Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy (2001). Romaniello recently completed a residency at the International Turning Exchange in Philadelphia and has received a Special Opportunity Stipend from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He has also received the Claire Breheme Memorial Prize during the 2002 Abington Annual at the Abington Art Center, and a first prize in painting at the 1996 Art of the State held at the State Museum in Harrisburg, PA.

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