Artist Talk: Gabriel Garcia Roman

June 16, 2022 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Self Portrait, 2011

Gabriel Garcia Roman is a multi-disciplinary artist and craftsman who examines and decodes the politics of identity through intricate and process-based work.

Currently on exhibit at ArtRage is work from his Queer Icons series. Included in the exhibit are ten new works featuring Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) from Central New York. The subjects in the series are drawn from many facets of the gender and queer spectrum, and these images give visibility to a population that’s generally under-represented in the art world. Finding inspiration in portraiture styles of Renaissance, Flemish and Christian Orthodox paintings, the series aims to elevate these multi-dimensional, powerful and proud contemporary figures. From the queer Latina fighting for immigration rights to the non-binary disabled Trans Filipino, the artist perceived these figures as heroes in their own right.

More about Gabriel Garcia Roman
Gabriel Garcia Roman was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and raised in Chicago’s northwest side. He received his B.A. from The City College of New York where he studied Studio Art and currently resides in New York City.

His art has been acquired by the International Center of Photography and has been shown at the Museum of Latin American Art (Long Beach, CA), Galería de la Raza (San Francisco, CA), Cathedral of St. John the Divine (New York, NY), the Center for Photography at Woodstock (Woodstock, NY), BRIC (Brooklyn, NY), and numerous other institutions and galleries.

He was a 2018 recipient of the National Association of Latino Arts & Culture’s artist grant and in 2019 was commissioned by the Leslie-Lohman Museum to bring his Queer Icons series into the streets for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots where 100 Queer Icons flags were marched down the World Pride route. In 2020, Garcia Roman was one of 10 artists in residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council for Workspace, their flagship residency program.

This project is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
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