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 painting.
“My artistic feeling has a mystical and lately more uplifting tone. This 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. Here, under the influence of the Southern California Light & SpaceMovement, I find myself exploring abstraction with a new impetus, where I integrate geometric abstraction with naturalistic episodes of light passing through clouds, 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, San Román has had solo exhibitions at the Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA; W.D. Cannon public gallery, Carlsbad, CA; West End Space, San Diego International Airport, CA; Stephen Clayton Gallery, Coronado, CA; L-Street Fine Art, San Diego, CA; Salazar Contemporary Art Exhibits, La Jolla, CA. Group exhibitions include Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA; Latino Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Dawson Cole Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA; Lew Allen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM; Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA; Laura Rather Fine Art, Houston TX; MaryAnn Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK, Graphite Galleries, New Orleans, LA; Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, La Jolla, CA; J.Cacciola Gallery, Bernardsville, NJ.
Her work has been reviewed by the L.A. critic Grady Harp for “POETS and ARTISTS”, for San Diego Union Tribune blogs and a number of times for the Spanish newspaper DIARIO LA OPINION.