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Art & Life with Julia San Roman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Julia San Roman.

Julia, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
An artist from Spain, I did not know that I was going to be born three times. Like a cat with several lives, I experienced my second birth when I chose to come to the U.S.A. in my late twenties. Originally trained as a biologist, I left my hometown, Madrid, to find refuge in the research labs of the San Diego biotech industry.

My third birth occurred twelve years later when during a sabbatical from my research activities, I decided to focus my life on ART. It seems that with the new millennium, another Julia came anew with the strong need to express an interior voice that was previously latent. That was a cross-road period of self-discovery that has continued to this day. Attracted to the visual arts since childhood, I was always engaged in drawing and painting as my favorite recreational activity, which I did for about ten years, and never gave up my obsession with painting and art history.

After receiving extensive art training, I have dedicated the greater part of my life to the expression of it, enjoying the opportunity to exhibit and be promoted in museums and galleries across the U.S. My artistic focus has provided a way to work through my hardship and loss (my husband died of cancer after a four year battle with it) by using scientific sensibilities, cultural and social awareness and my creative drive to explain and document changes in my personal life.

In spite of my nostalgic detours through my Spanish roots, I believe that different people throughout the world are far more alike than we are dissimilar. Like my ancestors, I have crossed oceans and explored new roads. I think creating is an act of love and the best legacy we can give to others. My true passion is painting. I became an American citizen in 2002 and lived in California.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I create oil paintings focusing on light to express a mystical consciousness and sense of HOPE, where I integrate realistic light episodes in clouds with geometric abstraction. This can be perceived in the GLIMMER series, with the contrast of rigid, multicolored lines against the organic softness of supple clouds. In this case, I am using two languages, abstraction and realism, to express more efficiently who I am: I grew up in the “old world” but I live in the “new world” and for that reason, I call this particular series “bilingual” . Or in the CANTE JONDO series where the abrupt, staccato rhythm of abstracted bird shapes over dramatic clouds represent the sounds of Flamenco hand clapping. Birds in clouds for me have become a liberating icon, the ever-present emphasis on the spirit taking flight.

In parallel, I also create paintings depicting the human figure interacting with nature and most significantly with birds- in flight, at rest, and in relation to the figure, as it can be seeing in the series BRIEF and FULL CIRCLE

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I think conditions for artists are becoming harder in general. Although the U.S. economy has recovered from the recession time on 2008, I do not believe it has resulted in more support for the art and artist sales. Many commercial galleries are closing, and the government and cities support to foster art projects has decreased.

Art should be a subject in every school curriculum so that the new generations of children understand the importance of it in our lives. It is the highest expression of the human condition.

The function of a visual artist is not only to show beauty but to convey deep issues and ideas to others, Whether it is to provoke, or to soothe when an artist is authentic, that is when he/she will connect the best with the viewer.

Artists should be relentless in their creativity, in their learning, should work from inside out, and should not step back by the upheavals of marketing and selling their product. After a rejection, it is important to keep walking and knock on many other doors.

The artist deserves to make a living because ART is necessary in this world.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work can be seen at Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery, in La Jolla, CA; at MaryAnn Doran Gallery in Tulsa, OK and at my own studio located in Solana Beach, CA.

It can also be seen online at www.juliasanroman.com. The best way people can support my work is definitely by buying my paintings or by offering me exhibitions where I can promote them.

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Image Credit:
“Polymita Blue” 48 x 48 in. Oil/c
“Dile que No” 60 x 36 in. Oil/c
“Allure” 48 x 48 in. Oil/c
“Horizontal State” 36 x 60 in. Oil/c
“Glimmer, lichens and Flouds” 48 x 60 in. Oil/c
“Borealis” 40 x 60 in. Oil/c
“Voz Alta” 48 x 36 in. Oil/c
“Firmamento. Life” 72 x 60 in. Oil/c

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