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Distinction Gallery to host Victor Roman: “Celestial Awakenings”

Painting on wood “Lutung Spirit” by Victor Roman.

Distinction Gallery will present oil paintings by Victor Roman from June 8 — July 6. 

The opening reception with the artist, live music, ArtHatch open studios, Lost Abbey Beer, and BK Cellars wine will be on Saturday, June 8 from 6-10 p.m.

In The Artist’s Own Words: Victor Roman

As a young child, Victor would receive art pieces through the mail from his uncle. Each drawing was in pen but the surface would vary. Victor later discovered that his uncle was sending these to him from San Quentin. The drawings helped ground his uncle and keep him connected to life outside prison throughout his long years of confinement. It was the beautiful craftsmanship and extreme detail of these pieces that inspired Victor’s love of art and which you can see echoed in the art Victor produces.      

Victor Roman’s passion for expressing himself through art motivates him to sketch and paint whenever he can. On most days, you will find him painting in his studio until late into the night. Painting at night after work shows his dedication to his craft, and after three years of study at Palomar College, his talent has grown exponentially. The subjects he paints evoke complex emotions in the viewer, who are challenged to consider their feelings and develop their own interpretation of his art.

Music is a large part of Roman’s life. Throughout the day he listens to a variety of music but finds himself drawn to artists such as Aesop Rock, J. Cole and Led Zeppelin on his personal time.

“Spirit Awaken” by Victor Roman.

Roman’s art is influenced by music, but of a different kind. While he is working, Roman listens to music from areas of the world he is unfamiliar with. The culturally indigenous sounds inspire and inform his work. He researches their area of origin and learns about the traditions and culture of the people who live there.

The artwork showing at Distinction presents a snapshot into this journey that Victor Roman has traveled over the last three years. We begin with his “Nebulous” series where we see a duality of color in each portrait. The blue represents the side of us that we show to the world; a more

professional, less intimate shield that protects us. The orange represents the inner self; those transitional moments when the public shield comes down and we are vulnerable and our raw emotions are exposed with those we love and trust.

Throughout his work Roman is constantly refining and becoming more intentional with his use of symbolism. His journey is now reaching a transition of sorts as in the fully developed pieces for his “Celestial Awakenings” series. One piece in particular, The Gift, the Curse, tells the story of a celestial being giving the gift of time to humanity. But we must acknowledge its duality in that as much as we are given time to measure progress, healing, and create organization, our individual time is finite. As we move continually forward, we are aware of how little time we have left to live, create, and love.     

Each art piece is painted on wood; a craft taken on by few artists.  If you have the opportunity to visit him in his studio, he will be happy to turn up the volume for you on his wall

of sound and introduce you to the sounds that inspire him.

Distinction Gallery

317 E Grand Ave Escondido, CA 92025


Celestial Royalty by Victor Roman, whose works will be on exhibition at the Distinction Gallery June 8 — July 6.

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