Julia San Román is a California artist born in Madrid, Spain. Although
she concentrated her formal education on science, choosing to move to the United
States to further her career and earning a Ph.D in Biology, the influence of her childhood
exposure to art remained an integral part of her passion for life and, after receiving
training in Studio Arts and Art History at the college level, she has committed her life to
mystical consciousness, so fundamental for the work of an artist, 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
in clouds for me have become the liberating icon, the ever present emphasis on
the spirit taking flight.
Lately, I am focusing on light to express a sense of HOPE and preservation
of the soul. Here, under the influence of the Southern California Light & Space
Movement, I find myself exploring abstraction with a new impetus, where I
integrate naturalistic episodes of light in clouds with geometric abstraction,
thus creating a type of work, which is bilingual, in order to express in a more
efficient manner who I am in the realm of where I exist."
Since her epiphany, Julia San Román has exhibited in New York, Washington DC,
Vermont and throughout the West and South of the U.S. Her most recent body of work is
being featured at the Oceanside Museum of Art this winter of 2017-2018. 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 to be displayed as an audio-painting
installation at the public space “West-End” at San Diego International Airport. The same
series, along with " Dissociation" was included in the 2013 Invitational show at W.D.
CANNON Gallery in the Carlsbad Public Library Complex. Her work has been reviewed
by the L.A. critic Grady Harp for “POETS and ARTISTS”, for San Diego Union Tribune
blogs and for the Spanish newspaper DIARIO LA OPINION.