Ernesto Romano

Born: Italy.  Based in London, UK

Royal Blood , C-type print mounted on dibond with perspex face. 80 × 60 × 0.6 cm

Royal Blood, C-type print mounted on dibond with perspex face. 80 × 60 × 0.6 cm

 
 

Camberwell College of Arts (BA Hons Painting , 2008)

Ernesto Romano is an Italian artist living and working in London. His practice involves the use of medical records like X-rays or MRIs of his body which he uses to make his art. “I am progressively dissecting myself” he says with a smile. The use of X-rays is a simple way to explore the very essence of being human, deprived of any feature or embellishment that may come with society or status. We are all equal in the end regardless of the jewels we wear. Jewels and embellishments are often present in his work, together with bold colours. He embellishes his works often with glitter, gold leaf or diamond dust. The love for colours is the love for life and for being alive and being human. His work is often bold, ironic, frivolous,  but he deeply reflects on bigger questions: where do we come from? Why are we here? Where do we go?He is currently working on his first sculpture: his own brain. This project has been possible through the help of UCL. An MRI of his brain has been converted into a 3D file with the software Freesurfer. This file was then 3D printed and a mould created to replicate his brain. Other work in progress involves the use of Swarovski crystals to embellish his prints. 


RESIDENCIES / AWARDS

2019        Artist in Residence at the Bankside Hotel


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019        Affordable Art Fair Hampstead, London, with Degree Art
                Art Below Hyde Park, London, Curated by Ben Moore
2018        Winter Show, London, Curated by Degree Art and Trinity Art Gallery
                Winter Exhibtion, London, Curated by Focus LDN
                Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, Lodnon, with Degree Art
                Henley Festival, Henley on Thames, Contemporary Collective
                Summer Exhibition,London, Degree Art and Trinity Art Gallery
                Affordable Art Fair Hampstead, London, with Degree Art
2017        Wimbledon Art Studios May Open Show, London
                Spring Collection, London
2016        Hortus Anatomicus, Official Made in Italy Store, Covent Garden, London
                Flux Exhibition, curated by Lisa Gray, London
                Tribe16 Curated by Chrom Art, London
                Art Below Summer Show, Curated by Ben Moore, London
                Queen Themed, curated by Ben Moore, Art Below, London
                Wimbledon Art Studios Open Show, London
                The Other Art Fair, London, Presented by Art Below
                IART, Jeddah Art Week, The Gallery Art Space, Jeddah
2015        Wimbledon Art Studios Open Show
                The Fall of the Rebel Angels, Group Exhibition during Venice Biennale
                Chinese Open: Group Exhibition, London
2013        Performance at the Bermondsey Street Festival, London, UK 21.09.2013
                Flowers, Vyner Street, London, UK
                Spring, Cultivate, Vyner Street, London, UK
2012        Wimbledon Art Studios Open Studio Winter Show, London, UK
                Arti in Posa, Mira Villa dei Leoni, Venice, Italy
2010        Arti inferiori, Milano, Italy
                Arti inferiori, Art Way Gallery, Treviso, Italy
                Italy International Art Fair “Step09”, Art Way Gallery, Milan, Italy
2009        Pecha Kucha Night Catania, Italy
                La Fotografia del Pensiero, Italy Fair of Photography, Milan, Italy
                Programma, Venice, Italy
2008        Imagina Cafe’, Venice, Italy
                Cafe’ au Livre, Padova, Italy


PRESS / PUBLICATIONS

The World of Interiors, Art Impressions, 2017. The Evening Standard, Royal Portraits Given a Modern Makeover, 2016.