Romano Johnson

 

Romano Johnson lived on the North side of Chicago until moving to Madison, Wisconsin at aged 12, which is when he started making art. “Mano,” as friends call him, works out of the non-profit studio in Madison called Artworking, Inc. His large, acrylic and glitter paintings are packed with pattern, color and musical rhythms creating an exuberance that matches his larger-than-life subject matter.

Johnson’s complex compositions feature pop culture icons, political figures, racing cars and spaceships. With their flat forms, vibrating patterns, and explosions of color, Johnson’s paintings can be linked to the venerable American tradition of self-taught art and seem to fall into the regional lineage of a Madison predecessor, Simon Sparrow. In his mo­st recent works, the artist­ looks to prayer and religion, depicting a series of African American deities and angelic figures. With bright acrylic paint and highlights of glitter, Johnson’s winged entities absorb and distribute the positive forces of the universe and, in the arti­st’s words, offer viewers an opportunity to “recognize the love, peace, and power put on this Earth.”

Romano Johnson has show his work at Portrait Society for three years. His solo exhibition, Silver Art Bible,  was in 2014. Romano was also featured in a solo exhibition at the Madison Public Library November 6 to December 31, 2015. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan included his work in “Wild and Tame,” January – October, 2016. Romano was incluced in the prestigious Wisconsin Triennial at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 2016, and was the first self-taught artist to earn this distinction.

For information and prices, contact Portrait Society Gallery at 414 870-9930 or e-mail portraitsocietygallery@gmail.com.

Press: “The Sparkling Rise of artist Romano Johnson,” Wisconsin State Journal, Madison.

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Romano Johnson, “Green Flower Love Angel,” 36 x 48 in., acrylic and glitter on canvas, 2017.

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Romano Johnson, “George Michael,” 24 x 30 in., acrylic and glitter on canvas, 2017.

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Romano Johnson, “The Walk Style Blue Jackson,” (48×72), acrylic and glitter on canvas, 2017.

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Romano Johnson, “Sixtyone Machine Motorcycle,”  48×60, acrylic and glitter on canvas, 2017.

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Romano Johnson, “Red Cloud Spaceship Blue Water,” 48×60, acrylic and glitter on canvas, 2017.

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Romano Johnson, “Voice Microphone Black Glove Star Janet Girl,” 48×72 in., acrylic and glitter on canvas, 2017. 

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“Obama,” acrylic and glitter, 60 x 60 in., 2015. Available.

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Martin Luther King, acrylic and glitter, 60 x 60 in., 2015. Available.

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Installation view, solo exhibition, Madison Public Library.

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Romano Johnson, “Summer Love Red Heart,” (Thriller era Michael Jackson), 36 x 36 inches, acrylic and glitter on canvas, 2014. Sold.
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Romano Johnson, “Heart Moon Blue Eyed Love,” 36 x 36 inches, acrylic and glitter on canvas. Available.

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Romano Johnson, “Red Ghost Law Sheriff,” acrylic on canvas, 48 x 60 inches, 2012-13 SOLD

Romano Johnson, 48 x 60 in., Purple Angel Prayer (Prince), 2014.

Romano Johnson, “Purple Angel Prayer (Prince),” 48 x 60 inches, acrylic and glitter on canvas, 2014. Sold.

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Romano Johnson, Lion Big Rd, 48 x 60 in., acrylic and glitter on canvas. 2014. Available.

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Romano Johnson, Diamond Moonwalk (Michael Jackson) Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 60 inches, 2012-13 SOLD

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Romano Johnson, “Sword Purple Woman,” (Tina Turner from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome), 2014, acrylic and glitter on canvas, 48 x 60 inches. Available.

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Romano Johnson, Ice T, 30 x 40 inches, acrylic on canvas, 2014. Available.

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Romano Johnson, untitled, ink and marker on paper, 24 x 29 inches, 2014. Available.

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Romano Johnson, “Jackson Shadow Moonwalk,” (from BAD album, 48 x 60 inches, 2014, acrylic and glitter on canvas. Available.

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