When I was in grade school, I naively embraced the idea that the only pathway to a successful career in art started by attending the High School of Art & Design. I applied in 8th grade and was not accepted. I reapplied in 9th grade, but never heard from the school. I then thought that perhaps I was not talented enough to be an artist and abandoned the notion. I went on to graduate from Sacred Heart High School and then earned a baccalaureate degree from John Jay College in Political Science. Since earning my baccalaureate degree, I have had wonderful professional experiences in the non-profit world, higher education and even wrote for an on-line magazine during the dot com boom of the 1990’s. Along the way, I taught myself web design and other digital media. I always maintained my interest in art, but never pursued any academic training.

After my father passed away, I was cleaning out his workplace locker at the post office and astonishingly discovered that my second application to the High School of Art & Design had not been mailed. I never found out why he did not mail it. However, I came to realize that I had given up on my dream too easily.

I went back to school and earned a second baccalaureate degree in painting from Lehman College. While I was student, I won an award for photography from the American Society of Contemporary Artists. Since earning my degree, I have illustrated a children’s book and had my art work featured in an Emmy-nominated documentary on domestic violence. I have also shown paintings and photography in several group shows.


I fully embrace Plato's idea of a world in flux as detailed in Timaeus. I was born in the continuously changing city of New York to parents who simultaneously embraced traditional and liberal ideals. Needless to say, the messages were mixed. As an artist, I try to reflect these mixed messages in my work. I love the figure and take inspiration from Degas and Picasso. I also adore painting still life and look to Cezanne for inspiration. I also love to paint subjects stemming from Spanish-speaking culture. Many have referred to my work as primitive or neo-impressionism---I agree with that!




Copyright Edwin Roman, 1999-2015