Rita Romero is a contemporary realist artist working in oil and soft pastel to create fine art paintings and commissioned portraits. Born in Tucson, Arizona, Rita began drawing and painting at an early age, winning her first award in a high school art competition. Her artistic journey and continual search to achieve a balance of craftsmanship and artistic expression has been heavily influenced by the work of recognized Masters – both old and new – of classical realism. The art of Rita Romero is a celebration of the current renaissance of classical realism and the dramatic power of representational art. She doesn’t aspire to simply paint realistically, but rather to capture a moment, a human experience or an emotional dialogue with the viewer.
Rita’s art has won numerous prestigious awards. Most recently, her pastel paintings won Best of Show in the Richeson75 Figure/Portrait 2017 competition, and Best of Show in the Pastel Society of the West Coast’s Pastels USA 2017 show. Her paintings been exhibited in national juried art shows, as well as the Triton Art Museum, Haggin Museum, the Edith Lambert Gallery and M.K. Sloan Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, and the Salmagundi Art Club in New York. She has also had pastel paintings featured in the February 2017 “Male Muse” issue of Poets and Artists magazine, and the February 2017 issue of the International Artist magazine.
I choose to paint realistically because it depicts my perceptions of truth, beauty and spirituality, which I seek to share with the viewer. Realistic art can communicate ideas strongly because people already have a point of reference about the world and ideas, so they can more easily connect with a realistic image. Yet, by the art of painting we create an alternate reality; a sort of man-made dream for those who are awake. Humans can only assume that what we see is reality, but every individual interprets reality differently, which makes the artist’s job more challenging because we don’t know how our work will be interpreted by each viewer. For me, the beauty or aesthetic of art need not explain everything, but rather stir emotions and ignite the imagination of the viewer. This communication with the viewer is extremely important to me. It’s like when you come across a great song that really moves you in some way, and you want to share it with others so we can have a shared experience, yet it will mean something different to each individual.
A mostly self-taught artist, Rita acquired a strong foundation in design while obtaining her graphic art degree in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has built upon that foundation with continuing education in drawing and painting with internationally recognized contemporary masters such as Sadie Valeri, Virgil Elliott, Kate Sone, David Kassan, Cuong Nguyen, Justin Hess, and Thomas Nash.
Selected Exhibitions and Awards
Richeson75 Figure/Portrait 2017 Competition – “The Rose Tattoo” Best in Show, October 2016
Pastels USA 2017 – “Santo” Best of Show, September 2017
Heaven Art Gallery Contest & Exhibition – “Magic Ball Man” 1st place Portraits, May 2017
ASC Solitude 8 Online Competition – “The Rose Tattoo” Honorable Mention, May 2017
Contemporary Art Gallery Online Portrait/Figurative Art Competition: “The Gold Bangle” Judges Choice, April 2017
Richeson75 Small Works 2017 – “Sea of Textures” 2nd Place Other Media, February 2017
International Artist Magazine – Still Life competition: “Sea of Textures” Finalist, February/March 2017 issue.
Richeson75 Figure/Portrait 2016 Competition – “The Gold Bangle” 1st Place Other Media, October 2016
Art Renewal Center (ARC) Salon 2016 – “The Rose Tattoo” Finalist, September 2016
Pastel Society of West Coast – Pastels USA – “Sea of Textures” University Art Award, Sep 2016
ASC People 8 Online Competition – “The Gold Bangle” Best of Show, Aug 2016
The Haggin Museum Juried Exhibition: “Flight of Fancy” & “The Rose Tattoo”, July 2016
Contemporary Art Gallery Online Portrait/Figurative Art Competition: “Flight of Fancy” Third Place, April 2016
International Assn. of Pastel Societies (IAPS) Exhibition: “The Writer”, May 2016
Triton Museum of Art Salon 2016: “The Rose Tattoo” won Third Place, April 2016
Bold Brush Painting Competition: “The Rose Tattoo” won Outstanding Pastel, March 2016
PSWC Online Membership Exhibition: “The Writer”, February 2016
Contemporary Art Gallery’s All Paintings Competition: “Study in Gray” won Honorable Mention, January 2016
Bold Brush Painting Competition: “The Writer” won Outstanding Pastel, November 2015
Pastels USA – 28th Annual International Exhibition: “Brian”, October 2014
Richeson 75 Figure/Portraits 2014: “Alexandra” Finalist in Water Media or Other
Blog Article: “The Artist Model: The Muse Behind The Magic”, Jan 19, 2018, featured pastel painting “The Rose Tattoo”.
Poets and Artists magazine, February 2017 “Male Muse” issue #82, featured pastel painting “The Writer”.
International Artist magazine, February/March 2017 issue, featured pastel painting “Sea of Textures”.
For more information on any of these works or to commission artwork, please contact the artist