Luis Emilio Romero
Born in Barcena, Guatemala; based in New York, NY
Luis Emilio Romero makes meditative abstract paintings that are linked to woven textiles. The artist alludes to the indigenous fiber tradition of his native Guatemala through the ritualistic nature of his process, and the aesthetic nuance of his works.
Romero first makes studies on paper—sketching out each geometric composition. These underlying structures often reference Mayan architecture while also recalling the loom with which indigenous weavers craft fabrics. The methodical way in which he makes marks in oil paint on canvas is mindful. The resulting paintings look highly textured; they evoke the surfaces of Guatemalan tapestries. Rhythms of delicate lines and fields of sumptuous color characterize Romero’s works, many of which refer to spaces and architecture. For the painter, linearity and repetition is a structural foundation. His introspective and spiritual approach traces back to 20th-century artists like Alfred Jensen and Agnes Martin.
Romero’s compositions are rooted in the Guatemalan environment. As surrounding light activates his paintings, the palettes and tactilities of each work are illuminated. His awareness of color and process is evident when a viewer encounters Romero’s rich abstractions.