Julia San Roman
Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, 1985, BS
Julia San Román is an artist born in Madrid, Spain with residence in San Diego, CA and Groton, Vermont. Although she concentrated her formal education on Science (she earned her PhD in Biology), the influence of her childhood exposure to art remained an integral part of her passion for life. In 1988 she immigrated to the United States to develop her doctoral thesis and to pursue a career in scientific research but her obsession with art continued to blossom and since 2000, after attending college and numerous workshops for training in Art History and Studio Arts, she has committed her life to painting.
" My work exists beyond the trend of art-critique or art caricaturization so prevalent in most part of the past century. This trend was necessary to break away with the excess originated by a romantic emphasis on the exceptional. It reflected a point in history when the logic of civilized values had been twisted to a horrific conclusion.
My artistic feeling is mystical and existential in tone. This mystical consciousness, so fundamental for the work of an artist, is like a "suffering" of reality, a state of constant hypersensitivity to everything which surrounds me, good or bad, light and darkness. It is like an over consciousness of the world which helps placing all things of life in their real dimension and frees me of convention. Thus, I create my art to convey a state of mind that longs to escape the quotidian. My subjects, though always evolving in the form, they are constant: the human figure interacting with nature and most significantly, with birds – in flight, at rest, and in relation to the figure. Birds for me have become the liberating icon, the ever present emphasis on the spirit taking flight beyond our common reality. And, as a constant element in most of my oeuvre, this mystical and ethereal feeling is often expressed as a counter position, opposite to the terrestrial. Lately, I am focusing on light to express a sense of hope and preservation of the soul."
Since her epiphany, Julia San Román has exhibited in several solo and group shows throughout the West and South of the U.S. she is represented by a number of professional galleries across the States. She was the recipient of several art awards for exhibitions between 2004-2011. In 2006, based on her comprehensive body of work, she was selected by the Chief Curator of American Art to exhibit in a group show at Gallery 15, San Diego Museum of Art. In 2010, the work "Cante Jondo” was selected for a 6 month period audio-painting installation at the public space “West-End”, San Diego International Airport. Her work has been reviewed by the L.A. critic Grady Harp for “POETS and ARTISTS”, Joe Nalven for San Diego Union Tribune and for the Spanish newspaper Diario LA OPINION.
Julia became an American citizen in 2002.