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"Embracing the Legacy of the Great Masters: Classical Techniques in Vicente Romero's Art"

Vicente Romero and his original painting looking at the Future.  Understanding Chiaroscuro: A Timeless Art Technique

Chiaroscuro, a term originating from Italy, has been a revered art technique since the Renaissance period. Combining the words "chiaro" (light) and "scuro" (dark), chiaroscuro refers to the dramatic interplay between light and shadow within a painting or photograph. This powerful method creates depth, emotion, and a sense of three-dimensionality. Celebrated artists like Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Vermeer have used chiaroscuro lighting in their paintings, capturing the essence of their subjects with striking intensity.

Introducing Vicente Romero Redondo: A Master of Light and Shadow

Vicente Romero Redondo, a renowned contemporary Spanish artist, has become synonymous with the beauty and elegant light of the Spanish coast. Although Vicente Romero is primarily known for his colorful pastel works depicting women, it's important to recognize the technical influences of portrait masters such as Rembrandt on his art. Vicente's lesser-known portrait works are artistically masterful and showcase his adept use of the chiaroscuro technique.

Black Veil By Vicente Romero Redondo

Black Veil by Vicente Romero

His ability to employ dramatic contrasts of light and shadow in these portraits, much like the revered artists of the past, demonstrates his wide-ranging technical skills and proficiency in capturing the essence of his subjects. 

Looking at the Future by Vicente Romero

His original pastel painting entitled Looking at the Future features an older man deep in thought, his gray hair and wrinkles symbolizing a lifetime of experiences. The man's powerful expression conveys an unwavering passion for life, transcending the dissipating vitality of his youth.

Rembrandt's Influence on Vicente Romero's Looking at the Future 

Vicente Romero's portraits have been significantly influenced by the chiaroscuro mastery of Rembrandt. In Looking at the Future, he skillfully adopted Rembrandt's impasto technique to create a sense of depth and texture. To achieve this effect, Vicente began with a precise drawing, followed by applying touches of impasto using an abrasive acrylic gesso to emphasize certain areas.

The pastel was then executed over this prepared surface. Expressively, Vicente aimed to capture an intense gaze, directed towards an ambiguous space that could represent either the past or the future. This intentional ambiguity adds a compelling layer of intrigue to the portrait, showcasing the depth of Vicente's artistic vision. 

"Looking at the Future" serves as a prime example of Vicente Romero's signature pastel technique, skillfully employing masterful portrait techniques to create a striking visual impact. The use of light and shadow in this portrait intensifies the emotional depth of the composition, inviting viewers to reflect on their own lives and experiences.


Vicente Romero in the Studio

Vicente Romero in the Studio

Vicente Romero Redondo: An Artist Shaped by Education and Experience

Born in Madrid in 1956, Vicente Romero had the rare opportunity to pursue higher education in the arts. In 1982, he completed his degree in sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid. However, his journey as an artist would take an unexpected turn. The need to make a living led him to paint portraits on the streets of Spain's coastal towns and islands such as Ibiza and Tenerife.

This nomadic lifestyle not only distanced him from sculpture but also introduced him to the world of pastel art. Vicente quickly discovered that this medium resonated with his sensibilities. Eventually, he settled on the Costa Brava, a region known for its stunning light and color. As the artist describes,

 "All those years served to familiarize me with the techniques of pastel art, which I had never used before. I found that medium suited my sensitivities very well.  I then settled down on the Costa Brava, a peaceful and radiant place whose great luminosity has deeply transformed my vision of light and color."

Radiance by Vicente Romero

Radiance by Vicente Romero

Influences and Inspirations

Vicente Romero's artistic influences are rooted in the classical tradition. He holds a deep admiration for 17th-century masters like Rembrandt and Velázquez, considering their work as the culmination of the Renaissance period. Additionally, classical Greek sculpture, particularly Phidias's Parthenon pediments, has played a significant role in shaping his artistic outlook.

Despite being born inland, Vicente's life along the Mediterranean coast has allowed him to embrace the region's vibrant light and color. While his paintings might appear impressionistic at times, he is more interested in artists like Manet, Degas, Cézanne, and Sorolla, who never disregarded the importance of drawing.

As Vicente eloquently explains, 

"I admire the influence of the Impressionists because they liberated light and color.  However, drawing as a support for painting is practically absent in the work of artists like Monet. For me, drawing, in its various aspects, must be the structural foundation on which a painting is built." 

A Peaceful Afternoon—by Vicente Romero

A Peaceful Afternoon by Vicente Romero

"The Harmonious Fusion of Classical Techniques and Mediterranean Influence on Vicente Romero's Art"

Vicente Romero Redondo's artistry is a harmonious fusion of the Classical techniques employed by the great masters of the past and the captivating Mediterranean environment that has become an integral part of his life. His profound understanding of light, shadow, and drawing, combined with his experiences and education, has allowed him to create deeply emotional and evocative compositions that captivate viewers. Vicente Romero has cemented his place in the pantheon of esteemed artists. 

Vicente Romero's work serves as a powerful testament to the lasting impact of classical influences and the transformative effect of personal experiences on an artist's oeuvre. As a master of portrait painting, his unique fusion of traditional chiaroscuro techniques and Mediterranean inspirations ensures that this rich artistic heritage continues to flourish in the realm of contemporary art.

We encourage you to visit to explore the full collection of Vicente Romero's stunning original artworks and limited edition prints, showcasing his extraordinary talent and unique artistic vision. 

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A New Day Dawns by Vicente Romero

     A New Day Dawns by Vicente Romero


  • Dr Rajesh Trivedi

    An excellent interpretation of acomplex technical preferences of a great artist

  • Ashfaq Ahmed


  • Sony JOSEPH

  • Thierry

    Je suis impressionné par la délicatesse et la finesse des traits et des portraits .. La lumière et la transparence sont toujours présents et ravissent le spectateur … bravo !

  • Rajesh TANWAR


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