Vincent J Romaniello » Profile




Personal Statement

Two things I'm concerned with in my work are magic and mechanics. By 'magic' I mean the unknown, the unexpected. By 'mechanics' I mean the actual making of the work: the materials and methods, both traditional and new, that bring it into being. Sometimes the mechanics itself seems magical.

Magic, of course, can be found everywhere if we keep our eyes open enough. It's active in lucky finds, unlikely pairings and serendipitous encounters, for example, and it inhabits inspirational spaces like art studios, houses of worship, urban centers, rural landscapes, and curious corners in attics in old homes. 

Entire bodies of work have been sparked by a tiny piece of litter I found on the sidewalk. I consider it an important part of my practice to actively observe the world around me. I consider observation and reflection to be just as important to the creative process as experimentation and the creation of objects. For me, the former activities always give way to the latter. I often approach the actual making of objects intuitively, allowing elements like subject matter, form and color to find me as I seek them. I like to think that casual mechanics leave more room for magic.

BiographyAfter working in San Francisco for 14 years for publications including The Bay Guardian and Metro Magazine, Vincent moved to New York City where he concentrated his studies on painting at the School of Visual Arts and the New York Academy. He has exhibited his artwork nationally and internationally including the Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Roger Smith Gallery, New York, NY; Butters Gallery Ltd., Portland OR; Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ and the University of Wisconsin-Stout, WI.

In 2008, Sage Projects was founded by Vincent and in early 2009 the group opened a co-op gallery operated by it's members. The space was a repurposed retail store that was on loan for an eight month period during which time over 200 under-recognized artists were given an opportunity
to exhibit their work.

From 2004 until the present Vincent has documented the work of over 50 artists and art groups on videotape and presented the work via the internet, in exhibition, screenings and on cable television.

Vincent has been the recipient of honors from SpaceworksNYC, Williamsburg Library, Brooklyn, NY (studio resident), Chashama NYC (studio resident), The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The State Museum of Harrisburg, The Wood Turning Center (2 residencies) Philadelphia, PA and others. His work is in private collections around the world as well as public and corporate collections that include: Coventry Corporation, Fort Washington, PA; The Park Hyatt at The Bellevue in Philadelphia, PA; Morgan Lewis, Philadelphia, PA.


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