Monday, October 27, 2008

A Partial List of Collectors Of Joe Romano's Art

Roseanna Arquette, actress

Forest Whitaker, director, actor

Jennifer Tilly, actress

Burt Berman, Sony Studios executive

Ron Fair, President A&M Records

Leslie Marcus, MOCA executive

John Binder, film director

Phil Burton, documentary filmmaker

Reverend Michael Beckwith, Agape Church

John Court, record producer

Dennis Drieth, president Musicians Trust Fund

Sabin Epstein, director

Noella Evans, airlines executive

Mitch Greenhill, music publisher

Mitch Gamson, television producer

Tony Greco, film director

Mike Gray, author, screenwriter

John Hobbs, record producer

Mathew Irmas, director

Lisa Loomer, playwright

Vince Manze, NBC executive

Terry Melcher, record producer

Dan Prince, art historian, author

Laurie Resnick, Lucas Films executive

Sally Struthers, actress

John Seiter, NY Jets executive

Gordon Davidson, artistic director Mark Taper Forum

Peter Cohen, architect

Renaldo Velizia, architect

Ken Koslow, architect

Lee Curran, artistic director, Virginia Avenue Project

Bill Rauch, artistic director Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Marilyn Ziering, CEO Diagnostics Products Corp.

Armando Molina, actor, director

Matt Miller, NPR journalist, author

Doug Wager, artistic director Arena Stage

Paul Moen, movie – TV producer

Mike Erwin, CEO Inspired Films

Dara Marks, author

Howard Gordon, producer/writer tv show "24"

Marc Sirinsky, Rabbi

Catherine Coulson, actor

Lisa Peterson, director

Rachael Hauk, set designer

Luis Alfaro, playwright

Joe Romano's List Art Galleries

Anastasia's Asylum L.A.

Art Center Palisades

Barnsdall Park Gallery

Baumoel Gallery L.A.

Bohemia Gallery

Burbank Museum of Art

Community Focus Gallery of Santa Monica

Dinan/Main Gallery (Ojai Ca.)

Europex L.A.

Festival Caribé, Santiago de Cuba

Gallery of Ojai

Guerilla Art

Jadite Gallery (New York)

L.A. Municipal Art Gallery

Merging One

Newbridge Gallery

Nimbus (Ashland, Or.)

Prince Art

Schomburg Gallery (Bergamot Station)

Steinberg Gallery, L.A.

The Bilingual Foundation of the Arts

The Rose GalleryTula Art Center (Atlanta, GA)

Joe Romano Bio

Joe Romano began painting in the mid-sixties while attending the Combs Conservatory Of Music in Philadelphia. At that time he befriended the renowned artist and teacher Benjamin Britt whose studio was across the street from the Conservatory. Joe would spend several hours a week at Ben's studio watching him paint while working on some of his music studies there.
One day, Ben handed Joe some paint and said that he should make a picture. Although he had no training, and felt intimidated because of Ben's mastery of art, at Ben's insistence he "made a painting". "I was hooked", said Joe, and from that moment, although music was his main creative outlet, painting became his other passion. An example of his music can be found at Blush Records, the album One Romantic Night.

In 1974, while living in Los Angeles, he was invited to show some of his work at a local exhibition of Los Angeles artists, and he was "discovered" by a local gallery there that wanted to exhibit his work. He continued to work in the music industry, as a composer for film, records and theater. All his spare time was devoted to painting.

In 1989, an art dealer he met wanted to do a one man show of his work for her private clients, many of whom were in the entertainment business. Of the 30 pieces assembled for the show, 19 sold on the first day, and his recognition among serious collectors began to take off. Since then he has shown in many galleries and exhibitions, mostly in the Los Angeles area.

In the mid 90's he met Dan Prince, one of the leading authorities on Outsider Art — art by self-taught artists. Dan's gallery in Santa Monica California was the premier gallery in the country for outsider art, and Joe sold many works through that gallery. Dan also composed a book for Journey Editions called "Passing In The Outsider Lane", and Joe was one of the artists featured in that book.

Joe recently moved to Ashland Oregon with his wife, playwright Lisa Loomer, and their son Marcello.