Joshua Roman a figurative surrealism Artist with references of Dali, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Mark Ryden and Chuck Close

February 4, 2018 by Laura Gomez


 

Joshua Roman is a California Based Fine artist and illustrator. His instantly recognizable style seems to explode off the canvas and can be best be described as Figurative Surrealism. His use of intricate and vibrant rainbow lines, shapes and swirls give the pieces energy while sitting still. Playful creatures and surreal landscapes often contrast the eerie and sometimes sensual subject matter of his pieces. His portraits are unique and original while still capturing the essence of the subject. His distinct colorful works have been shown in Film, Television and Galleries around the World.

Artist lnterview:

Name: Joshua Roman
Age: 39
Birthday: May 22nd, 1978
College: none

Colours: All the colors!!! but i am partial to certain color combinations, sage and terracotta, blue and pale yellow, fuchsia and electric blue, being among some of my favorites.

Books: authors: kurt vonnegut, chuck palenchuk, maxx barry, charles bukowski

Food: I run on coffee

For how long have been in art? How did you start?
35 years is my best guess, I started as most kids do just doodling but around 9 years old was pointed out by teachers as having a talent for it, and I have been doing artwork in some form or another since then.

How would you define yourself as an artist? Still Learning

Would you tell us some things about yourself? Please include a few little known facts about you as well.
I can be extremely focused and a bit obsessive at times which has tended to help me in art but hurt me in other areas of life. I am an extremely shy person when it comes to strangers. I am not a fan of being the center of attention, which makes going to art openings quite hard so its rare that I make it to them. I have no clue how to take compliments well. There are certain words I will never be able to remember how to spell no matter how many times i tell myself the correct way, some of those are, restaurant, separately, and the name John. I suffer from insomnia, most nights i get 3-4 hours of sleep. I am not good at judging spans of time, eg: I cant tell if something was 2 years ago or 10 years ago. I’ve almost died several times the last of which was three years ago which came at a time in life where i had decided to concentrate back on artwork and the injury (which kept me in bed for several months) really helped cement that idea and help me refocus.

Where do you find inspiration? Everywhere, I like to work from reference photos so if I see a photo I like or something out in life Ill take a photo, even if in the moment I have no idea how ill use it, eventually ill come back to it and it will click, I tend to make better artwork when the idea is more of an evolving process. instead of having an absolute concrete idea and trying to make whats in my head exact on the paper.

What are you trying to communicate with your art? That we are all made of energy and that there are hidden things in this world. I see my artwork as small windows into another world, but its more of a reflection of this world then an literal other world, a glimpse into an alternate dimension if you will.
Why do you do … what you do? I have no choice, I dream of art, I think of it when my mind is quiet, when I go for more than a week without making artwork I get a bit depressed and have a feeling of guilt. artwork is my way of coping with things and at the same time it is hard work which can result in an accomplished feeling.

What does “being creative” mean to you? Being creative is the act of creation, its the source of everything, it is the act of making something where something didn’t exist

Any shows, galleries, or publications where our readers can find your work? I show at several galleries throughout the country, at the moment I have pieces at: Arch Enemy gallery in Philadelphia, Modern Eden gallery in San Francisco, Derubeis Art gallery in Las Vegas, Gallery 1988 and Cactus Gallery in Los Angeles, and Future gallery in Michigan

 


 

How do you cultivate a collector base? Honestly the business side of art is my least favorite part and i am quite bad at it, I rely heavily on galleries having a good clientele base and the fact that my work speaks for itself. I hope to get better at the business end of things and am absolutely grateful and stunned at times at the warm reactions my work gets.

If you had an exclusive collective exhibition with other artists work, who would you choose? im a bit unsure what this question is asking

What do you see as the strengths of your pieces, visually or conceptually? Each of my pieces have a unique quality but are still recognizable as my artwork, Visually i think that they convey several layers of motion and texture

What aspect of your work do you pay particular attention to? I tend to focus on the overall composition and feel of the piece, the details have a way of working themselves out.

What Role does the artist have in society? To create and to connect the mind to the soul

What for you is the most enjoyable part of your art? Due to the nature of how i color my pieces, they are a real mess until two thirds complete and those first two thirds have quite a few “oh crap this looks horrible moments’ luckily Ive learned that most of the time that phase passes and it comes together that is my favorite part, the moment when you realise ok this piece is gonna work and now i get to put the finishing touches on it and concentrate on details.

What famous artists have influenced you, and how? dali, bowie, mick jagger, mark ryden, chuck close

What other interests do you have outside of art? music , movies, soccer, friends and family. vintage cars and motorcycles.

Define your art: figurative surrealism

How would your life change if you were no longer allowed to create art? Allowed? nobody allows me to make art. if it were made illegal tomorrow i would be an outlaw. if an accdent kept me from working on art the way i do now i would find a way to create.

What do you think about the art community and market? I think the community is strong on the mid levels, I see several artists and gallerists all supporting and working together. i think the high end artworld is a bit more cannibalistic and the ART market is ridiculous at times. its fun to watch from the cheap seats though.

Which of your projects has given you the most satisfaction
? Most of my work gives me satisfaction, i definitely have a few favorite pieces. the intersting part is most of the time my favorites are not the same as most people that see my work.

What else are you working on at the moment? Next projects? At the moment i am concentrating on adding more texture and motion to my pieces, as well as several nudes and nature pieces

Define ‘Klassik International’ for the audience?
‘Klassik International’ is an international Social Media Strategy of Arts & Culture, an agency of contemporary art and culture. Thank you very much ‘Klassik International’ for its important contribution to the arts and culture.
 

 


 

Exhibitions:

January 9, 2016 – “Really, Really good looking show” – Gallery 1988 west – Los Angeles, CA
Feb 11, 2016 – “Geometries : Copycat Violence Show” – Sally Centigrade Gallery – Denver, CO
Feb 27, 2016 – “Hey Ladies” – The co-LAb Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
March 19, 2016 – “Bemused” – Penumbra Gallery – Lisboa, Portugal
March 25, 2016 – “30 Years Later” – Gallery 1988 west – Los Angeles, CA
April 2 , 2016 – “Eat your art out 9” – Titmouse Animation studios – EMAO Productions, Los Angeles, CA
May 1, 2016 – “Bobs Burgers” – Gallery 1988 west – Los Angeles
May 7, 2016 – “All about dem Benjamins” – The co-LAb Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
May 7, 2016 – “Felis Catus” – Future Gallery – Lake Orion, MI
May 13, 2016 – “Idiot Box” – Gallery 1988 west – Los Angeles, CA
July 1, 2016 – “20 Years later” – Gallery 1988 west – Los Angeles, CA
July 2, 2016 – “Dali Tribute show” – Future Gallery – Lake Orion, MI
July 9, 2016 – “Cash n Carry” – Flower pepper – Pasadena, CA
July 9, 2016 – “Frida Khalo tribute show” – La Bodega Gallery – San Diego, CA
August 13, 2016 – “Water” – Cactus Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
September 2, 2016 – “Coaster show 4” – La Luz De Jesus Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
September 3, 2016 – “I’m Feeling Neutral” – The co-LAb Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
September 24, 2016 – “Bobs Burgers” – Spoke Art NYC – New York, NY
September 30, 2016 – “NomoFomo” – Meltdown Comics EMAO Productions – Los Angeles, CA
October 21, 2016 – “Crazy for cult X” – Gallery 1988 West – Los Angeles, CA
October 29, 2016 – “Tiny Tales” – Gallery 1988 East – Los Angeles, CA
November 4, 2016 – “Postcard Show” – Gallery 1988 East – Los Angeles, CA
November 12, 2016 – “Tiny Treasures” – Cactus Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
November 18, 2016 – “the 100 show” – The co-LAb Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
December 2, 2016 – “A show about Nothing” – Gallery 1988 West – Los Angeles, CA
December 3, 2016 – “Winter” – Future Gallery – Lake Orion, MI
December 9 , 2016 – “The Cohens” – Gallery 1988 West – Los Angeles, CA
December 10, 2016 – ” 5th Anniversary show” – Flower Pepper – Pasadena, CA
December 10, 2016 – “Star Wars” – La Bodega Gallery – San Diego, CA
December 16, 2016 – “Untamed Fauna” – Alexi Era – Eugene, OR
Feb 9, 2017 – “Revival”- Sally Centigrade Gallery – Denver, CO
Feb 11, 2017 – “Red” – Casita Del Pueblo Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
Feb 25, 2017 – “Across the sea” – Book & Job Gallery – San Fransisco, CA
March 4, 2017 – “Pressure” – Gristle Gallery – Brooklyn, NY
March 11, 2017 – “Loteria” – Cactus Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
March 17, 2017 -“Mike Tysons Punch out” – Gallery 1988 West – Los Angeles, CA
April 14, 2017 – “Memes” – Gallery 1988 West – Los Angeles, CA
April 18, 2017 – “Trump won’t stop us” – Thumbprint Gallery, La Jolla, CA
April 22, 2017 – “Bad Girls & Outcasts” – Cactus Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
May 5, 2017 – “Stephen King show” – Gallery 1988 West – Los Angeles, CA
May 13, 2017 -“Nature Show” – Future Gallery – Lake Orion, MI
May19, 2017 – “the 100 Show” – the co-LAb Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
May 19, 2017 -“Blacklight Show” – Hero Complex Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
June 3 , 2017 – “Eat your art out 10” – Titmouse Animation studios – EMAO Productions, Los Angeles, CA
June 10, 2017 – “Something Wild in My Garden” – Catus Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
June 22, 2017 – “Sweet n’ Low” – Bedford Gallery – Walnut, CA
July 1, 2017 – “Mucha Tribute show” – Future Gallery – Lake Orion, MI
July 8, 2017 – “Frida Khalo Tribute show” – La Bodega Gallery – San Diego, CA
July 21, 2017 – “30 Years later” – Gallery 1988 West – Los Angeles, CA
July 22, 2017 – “The Fab four” – Cactus Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
August 26, 2017 – “Sensory Alchemy” – solo show – Future Gallery – Lake Orion, MI
September 1, 2017 – “5th Annual Coaster Show” – La Luz De Jesus Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
September 8, 2017 – “BoJack Horseman” – Gallery 1988 West – Los Angeles, CA
September 9, 2017 – “3am” – Hudson Hughes Gallery
September 23, 2017 – ‘Perfect 10″ – La Bodega Gallery – San Diego, CA
October 6, 2017 – “Glow” – Arch Enemy Arts – Philadelphia, PA
October 14, 2017 – “Dia De La Muertos X” – Cactus Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
October 14, 2017 – “Monster Minis” -Thumbprint Gallery – San Diego, CA
November 17, 2017 – “Crazy for cult XI” – Gallery 1988 West – Los Angeles, CA
December 29, 2017 – Derubeis Fine art Gallery – Las Vegas, NV
Feb 10, 2018 – “Patterns” – Cactus Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
Feb 23, 2018 – “wrinkle in time, official Disney show” – Hero Complex Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
Feb 24, 2018 – “Insectica” – Sally Centigrade Gallery – Denver, CO
March 10, 2018 – “Cactus anniversary invitational” – Cactus Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
March 10, 2018 – “NouSurrealism” – Future Gallery – Lake Orion, MI
May 25, 2018 – “Paper Pushers” – Gallery 1988 West – Los Angeles, CA
June 2, 2018 – “Spirit Animal” – LaBodega Gallery – San Diego, CA

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