Words like aggressive and vibrant are often used to describe the contemporary paintings of Jose Romero Jr. With his narratives, and colors brighter than reality, Jose’s paintings capture intense energy that is both powerful and thought-provoking. Frida Kahlo on steroids best describes the imagery created by the artist Jose Romero Jr.
Jose studied Painting at Michigan State University, graduating in 2001 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree and then went on to receive his Masters of Visual Arts from Lesley College of Art and Design 2006. It was during graduate school where he asked himself why he painted and discovered he wanted to confess his story. Jose started exploring the dark rooms of his sub-conscience and it was during this exploration where he found his confessional stories.
The paintings of Jose Romero Jr. are a fusion of his Mexican-American identity and dialogue with multiple art historical legacies. Jose pours himself into his work and gets his inspiration from places that are real, very personal and even painful at times, but within his imagery, multi-layered meanings challenge the viewer in understanding his state of mind. Jose’s connection with the great storytelling abilities of 14th &15th-century painters is amazing. Through his art, he transports the viewer to witness his life on canvas. They are a tribute to the realities of life in which we live.