RACHAELROMERO

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BIO

 

The interdisciplinary artist, Rachael Romero left Australia as a teen, traveled the world, lived for a decade in San Francisco, CA and now lives in rural NY. Her body of work includes public art, murals, posters, prints, mass installation, artsts' books, visual poetry, film and video, painting and writing.

 

Always choosing media that can be multiplied and widely disseminated, her body of work demonstrates a commitment to seeing deeply, confronting stigma, healing and transforming.

 

In October 2019, Romero screened her award-winning short films to a full house at Green Kill Performance Space, Kingston, NY.

 

The Boycott Nestle poster she designed was exhibited at the Museum of Design, Zurich, the accompanying book Protest Posters, published in both a German and an English edition by Lars Mueller Publishers. In April 2018, her poster "Fight for the International Hotel, (Decent Low Income Housing is Everybody’s Right. It is Right to Rebel Against Eviction) will be shown at the National Building Museum as a part of their collaboration with author Matthew Desmond to present an exhibition related to his book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Her lino-cuts appear on set in a The Little Drummer Girl, a BBC/AMC series based on a story by John Le Carre.

 

In 2017 and 2018 her works were shown in the three part exhibit: Get with the Action: Political Posters from the 1960s to Now, at SFMOMA. The 'Unity Collage' made in Romero's Art workshop at the Third Street Men's Shelter NYC, in the late 80's (first shown at the Dia Foundation, Soho) was shown at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, Spain, as a part of the exhibit: Not Yet: On the Reinvention of Documentary and the Critique of Modernism, curated by Jorge Ribalto.

 

In 2016 this Unity Collage was in the exhibit: martha rosler: If you can't afford to live here, mo-o-ove!!  hosted by the Temporary Office of Urban Disturbances at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NYC. Romero's poster work was a part of How Work Posters Work, at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York 2015. Her work is represented in the Whitney Museum of American Art online collection.

 

ENSLAVED in a Magdalene Laundry, Adelaide, the art of Rachael Romero, a survivor of The Pines, was exhibited at the

KPC Gallery, Hawke Centre, University of South Australia, Adelaide in 2014.

 

Romero's International Hotel poster designs were a part of the traveling exhibit: I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story, (Smithsonian Institute's Capital Gallery, Washington DC.); and Health is a Human Right: Race and Place in America, The David J. Spencer CDC Museum, Atlanta, GA. The large image: Stop Forced Sterilization poster, was initially made in b&w at the request of Sterilization Abuse and Informed Consent Rights Project in California. The artist added color in a small edition for the CDC exhibit, https://www.hhrjournal.org/2019/06/health-is-a-human-right-at-cdc/ now at Georgia State University Library).Her students joined Romero in the exhibit: An Inclusive World at the Queens Art Museum, NY in 2014. Her Boycott Nestle and Delmonte Posters were in a traveling exhibit Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism, organized by the AFSC/CPSG.

 

Romero's art was censored by the head of the Vatican Museums before it could be presented during the Religion, Nature and Art Conference hosted by the Vatican Museum's Ethnological Museum and International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture.

 

Her work was highlighted in Spotlight on Africa and the Diaspora, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK. Also a part of: Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-81 and Pacific Standard Time (Museum of Contemporary Art, LA); Occupy the Bay Area, (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF, CA); The 1968 Exhibit, (Oakland Museum of California, CA); All of Us or None; Social Justice Posters of the San Francisco Bay Area, (Oakland Museum of California CA); Hobos to Street People: Artists’ Responses to Homelessness from the New Deal to the Present, (Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA): Essen unterwegs - Eine Ausstellung über Mobilität und Wandel (Schlossmuseum Linz, Austria).

 

Romero's short: A Different Lens was screened as part of Autism Pride Week: in Ashville, SC. In 2012, Romero's work was included in: Every Body: Visual Resistance in the Feminist Health Movement, (Space Gallery, Chicago, IL), Signs of Change (Exit Art, NY); Home, (Ricco/Maresca Gallery, NY); Sniper’s Nest: Art that has Lived with Lucy Lippard, (Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY); Rare 20th Century Propaganda Posters, (Victoria and  Albert Museum, London, UK) and Committed to Print, (MOMA, NY).

 

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library at Yale acquired a number of her vintage block prints concerning medical, civil rights and housing. Romero’s posters are in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, MOMA, NY; Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Yale University; The Oakland Museum; The Cleveland Museum, Georgia State University, among others.

 

 

Romero has been awarded residencies at: MacDowell, NH; Yaddo, NY; Blue Mt. Center, NY; Virginia Center, VA;

Yaddo, NY and Byrdcliffe, NY.

 

 

Notable projects include her work as the principal artist of the San Francisco Poster Brigade  (1975-1983);

her Innovators in the Arts lino-cuts (1980-1985);

A triptych of portraits in Canal Street Post Office, NYC (1986-);

Her award-winning film and NY Times Critics pick: In the Shadow of Eden (2003, 2004)premiered at the British Museum at Yale during Film Fest New Haven; was screened at the Full Frame Film Fest, the Cleveland Film Festival, the Santa Fe Film Festival, and the Australian National Museum, Canberra. the film Zen Master: an intimate portrait of John Daido Loori Roshi (2009) screened at the Ulster County Performance Center, UPAC, Kingston, NY.

 

In 2011 Romero completed Nothing Sacred: Magdalene Laundry Drawings in 2014 a series of works processing her experience of living the aftermath of enslavement in a Magdalene Laundry.  

 

Romero holds a double M.A. from Antioch University,1992.

Studio Art, and Art Education with nuero-diverse populations)

 

Throughout, and entwined as a vital part of her art, Romero led art workshops for nuero-diverse adults who have been homeless; inner-city children in NYCHA Community Centers and taught at NYU's experimental Advanced Learning Lab for teens on the Autistic spectrum. She has taught at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, and the Bosphorus University, Istanbul.

 

From these perspectives she saw how sustained involvement with the creative process can result in the metamorphosis of individual and collective suffering into the virtual power of creative growth. Since 2014, Romero has been Disabled after two craniotomies to remove tumors. She investigated her experience in a series titled: Bedside Manner. recording a series of images and poems about regenerating the brain. Now she approaches this with nature, just as she did in her childhood.

Romero's work was included in: Every Body: Visual Resistance in the Feminist Health Movement, (Space Gallery, Chicago, IL), Signs of Change (Exit Art, NY); Home, (Ricco/Maresca Gallery, NY); Sniper’s Nest: Art that has Lived with Lucy Lippard, (Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY); Rare 20th Century Propaganda Posters, (Victoria and  Albert Museum, London, UK) and Committed to Print, (MOMA, NY).

 

COLLECTIONS

Romero's posters are in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Her artists' books and posters are in the collection of MOMA, NY; Cushing/Whitney Medical Library and the Beinecke Library, Yale University; The Library of Congess, Washington DC. Fales Library, New York University; The Oakland Museum, CA; SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA; Cleveland Museum, among others.  (Oakland Museum of California, CA); All of Us or None; Social Justice Posters of the San Francisco Bay Area, (Oakland Museum of California CA); Hobos to Street People: Artists’ Responses to Homelessness from the New Deal to the Present, (Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA): Essen unterwegs - Eine Ausstellung über Mobilität und Wandel (Schlossmuseum Linz, Austria).

 

Romero was cofounder and the principal artist of the San Francisco Poster Brigade  (1975-1983);

Innovators in the Arts lino-cuts (1976-1985); Mural in Canal Street Post Office, NYC (1986-);

her award-winning film and NY Times Critics pick: In the Shadow of Eden (2003, 2004) screened at the British Museum at Yale during Film Fest New Haven; at the Full Frame Film Fest, the Cleveland Film Festival, the Santa Fe Film Festival, and the Australian National Museum, Canberra.

She made a short film as a memorial to her late husband, Zen Master: an intimate portrait of John Daido Loori Roshi (2009) screened at the Ulster County Performance Center, Kingston, NY. Her essay and series of works processing her experience of living the Aftermath of Enslavement have been used in University Art classes in several Art Schools in USA.  

Romero holds a double M.A. (Studio Art, Art Education) from Antioch University,1992.

 

Always choosing media that can be multiplied and widely disseminated, her body of work demonstrates a commitment to seeing deeply, confronting stigma, healing and transforming. After two craniotomies to remove brain tumors, left her unable to contue teaching she continues to investigate the experience of regenerating her body/brain and addresses  new insights of survival in new series' of drawings, collage, paintings and poems.

 

TEACHING

Throughout, and entwined as a vital part of her art, Romero led art workshops for nuero-diverse adults who have been homeless; inner-city children in the NY Housing Authority. She taught art at NYU's experimental Advanced Learning Lab for teens on the Autistic spectrum. Supervised Student art teachers at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, and taught Western Art History at the Bosphorus University, Istanbul, Turkey.

 

From these perspectives she saw how sustained involvement with the creative process can result in the metamorphosis of individual and collective suffering into the virtual power of creative growth. She  now lives on the verge of the Catskill Mountains where she investigates nature, as she did the farm during childhood.

 

 

Rachael.romero@icloud.com

 

 

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