The art that is created today is how this time period will be viewed tomorrow. We want to make a difference in the lives of artists as well as a positive change in the world.
"RED" 2016 Show
This show will run February 1-29, 2016. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work. There were 109 accepted entries and they came from m 19 different states in the USA and the following countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Estonia, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Norway, Serbia, Slovenia, and United Kingdom. A variety of styles and mediums were entered including, acrylic, charcoal/graphite, collage, colored pencil, digital, enamel, encaustic, gold, mixed media, oil, pastel, pen/ink, photography, PLA plastic, printmaking, reclaimed material, spray paint, and watercolor. The judging criterion was originality, interpretation, quality, demonstration of ability, and usage of medium. Other factors, such as the clarity of the images provided and their ability to be viewed online, as well as relating to the theme, also contributed to our decision. “Best of Show”, “First Place”, and “Second Place” winners received a monetary award in addition to special recognition.
We were very happy to donate 10% of all entry fees from this show to Red Cross. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. For more information, please visit their website http://www.ifrc.org/en/. Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, LLC is not affiliated with the Red Cross. It is our hope that this small act of kindness will blossom and grow to help someone else.
Thank you to all the artists who participated! Your talents and skills gave us a diverse body of work to create this attractive show.
Buyers- Please contact the artists directly for sales. Colors of Humanity Art Gallery does not handle any part of the sale or collect any commission, it is solely between the buyer and artist. You may find a link to the artist’s website or email address below their work.
About Romero’s Signature Style
This is a style the art world has never seen before. The reincarnation of two Legendary Masters, Claude Monet and Jackson Pollock, brought together through one mind, Michael Romero Duran. His Ingenious style can only be described as Impressionism meets Abstract Expressionism meets Realism. He is the one and only origin that can make this new style come to life!! I create my art work by using a tool I invented from copper wire. I dip the tool into large quantities of paint and drip the paint onto a canvas lying flat. After I drip a layer of paint, I typically wait 10-15 minutes so that it has a dry top shell. Only then can I continue adding another layer. At the beginning it looks like an ordinary Pollock type painting. It looks very messy and abstract, but after multiple layers, the piece is finally completed. When you take a step back the results are breath taking, a master piece is created!
I am inspired by the entrepreneur spirit inside me, the vision that the Romero Fine Art brand will branch into the hearts of everyone who sees its beauty. It is a technique invented through my ideas and I am confident that I will be recognized as the first frontier and founder of this new and creative style which does not yet have a name. With no official name for the style, it is a combination of impressionism, expressionism, abstract and realism all joined together on one canvas!
When seen up close my art work is a tragedy, there you will find nothing but chaos with a lack of order. We can compare this to what we think are the negative things happening to us at the time. We fail, we lose, we experience loss, and we hurt ourselves and others.
As you step back you see colors start to mesh becoming light and shadow. We realize that as time passes we begin to heal from our hardships and find ourselves smiling once again.
Take two steps back it becomes obvious the lights and shadows are forming into shapes consisting of substance, depth and composition. We find over a more distant period of time that prior events lead us to that exact moment. We are now feeling somewhat grateful for what was once unfortunate.
Take ten steps back and there you see the entire picture and its captured beauty. A combination of qualities: the shapes and colors have now become a form that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially to both the heart and eyes. We reach the end of our journey and only than do we look back at our lives proud and insightful with everything we have gained and learned from our faults, hardships and failures.
We now know the answers to the events involving our own past, we become wiser. Everything good in our lives turned out to be a thing of beauty, without the challenges we faced we would have not been fueled with the passions and love that got us where we ended up, a better place. Just like the chaotic lines of my pieces, it is truly infinite and something to look forward to, so enjoy the mess you’re in now because it is just a small piece of a better picture. It is our own master piece!
Michael was born on January 29, 1992 in Santa Fe New Mexico. From an early age, his talent as an artist was realized by his Uncle, Joseph Romero, where they both would work side by side sketching in pencil. Joseph, amazed by the ability of his nephew’s artistic skills, recognized it as more than just a gift. Growing up on a ranch where there was little to do but to be creative with his time, this is where his unique talents were supported by his grandparents with loving support and the materials to create something magnificent!
Throughout his school years, his teachers and classmates were amazed by his artwork.
"He knew it, we all knew it, this day was going to come, he was born to do his!"
With no formal art training other than grade school, Romero was fascinated by art styles. In 2011 he was introduced to the art work of Jackson Pollock.
"Pollock's works made with just splashes of color was instrumental in making me the artist I am today. When first viewed it looked like any child could do this, but when you really look at a Pollock there is order to his chaos. While his colors were splashed and dripped, they really did create a brilliance of light and texture that is appealing to look at."
After experimenting and failing repeatedly, giving up never crossed Romero's mind he was confident and hopeful that he would achieve the style of art work that was already clearly laid out in his head. That same night he came up with a concept of forging a tiny coil which was influenced by the Tesla coil. He assumed this would be the perfect shape to allow the flowing of paint in a controlled manner while at the same time retaining larger quantities of paint. The style Abstract impressionism meets Realism came to life, a style that brought two masters together in collaboration...Claude Monet and Jackson Pollock.
His works were brought to the attention of Artist Group International, David Smith, and Chris DeRubeis after posting a few images on Craigslist.com. DeRubeis called David Smith immediately upon seeing Romero's images. Smith who discovered such artists as Christian lassen, Michael Godard, Chris DeRubeis, Patrick Guyton, Craig Tracy, Colleen Black and many others, new that this was a new style that would change the way people view fine art. DeRubeis who is one of the top selling artists of his time and inventor of his own style also knew this kid had something special about him.
"I have always been attracted to artwork that is unique and different than that is normally shown in Fine Art Galleries. I always look for the artist that creates a new style. Romero did just that by combining two masters techniques and making a style all his own." -Smith said in an interview in 2013
Today Michael Romero's artwork is enjoyed by people from all over the globe and is truly the next Great Master.
I am a self-taught painter based in North West England. My aim is to capture human idiosyncrasies and specific moments in time that tell stories about their subjects and produce a strong visual narrative and emotional connection.
Through narrative portraiture I am currently exploring the subject of humanity and our relationship with technology in today's society. This self-portrait, however, explores the relationship between my glasses and my identity. It tells the story of how I believe that the glasses that I wear have become part of who I am – they’re the first thing I put on in the morning and the last thing I take off before I go to sleep; they’re how I see the world and how the world sees me. Many people say eyes are the ‘windows into the soul’ but I feel glasses are arguably a more defining ingredient in human identity. These days they’re about much more than correcting eyesight. Increasingly, to don face furniture is to enter a two-way stream of subliminal, and sometimes not so subliminal, perception.
My nakedness in this composition is to emphasize that my glasses are what makes me recognizable, not the clothes I wear. Spectacles can be a powerful form of personal branding, making their wearers more distinctive and memorable – take Yves Saint Laurent, John Lennon and Gandhi for instance. Glasses are like cosmetic surgery without the knife, they immediately change how your character is represented - especially because they’re located at the most important part of the body in terms of non-verbal communication.
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"I have been making RED paintings beginning with the RED TIDE series for quite a while. Though red is overpowering, it can be subtle as well. Finding the right balance is the challenge. Militarized is considered my master piece by many. Like all work it started out quite humbly and found its way. That is the way of us abstract expressionists."
by Titika Faraklou