Vicente Romero Redondo, Spanish painter, was born in 1956 in Madrid as the eldest of four sons. Due to the work of his father, he grew up in many different towns all over Spain. The family moved back to Madrid when he was 15 years old.
During his childhood, his parents thought he would dedicate his life to painting. As his caricatures of schoolmates and teachers were famous in every school where he studied and one would rarely see him without a pencil and a notepad in his hands.
He owes his technique in oil painting to his academic training, although he has increasingly explored pastel, which he finds more direct, more spontaneous, and as he quote provides the opportunity for “unrivaled delicacy”.
Later, however, he is returned to use the oil and produced a mutually enriching dialogue between the two techniques. He has been living in Costa Brava since 1987, choosing a luminous and peaceful setting on the Mediterranean for his studio. It is certainly this luminosity that prevails in his art.
Education and Challenges
Romero achieved his dream. He began studies at The Faculty of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid. It is the most prestigious art school in Spain. Where Salvador Dali studied there from 1922-1926.
During his first years he dedicated his time to sculpture. He graduated with special honor in 1982 in sculpture from the same school. But soon he realized that only painting could express all of his sensibility that he possessed and needed to transmit.
Then he spent several years working in the streets, not the most comfortable but surely the most efficient way to perfect his technique. He painted pastel portraits in coast villages of the mainland and the islands of Tenerife, Majorca and Ibiza.
The atmosphere that helps
By the late eighties, Romero and his wife settled in Costa Brava. The region of the birthplace of Dali. A new stage of his artistic life began. The light of the Mediterranean, his skills, his passion, the wonderful landscape, the house with patio where he lived and the beauty of his models ─ all these were perfect conditions to change his paintings, and finally he succeeded in converting intimate situations of life into the leitmotif of his art.
Since the early 90s Romero’s paintings have been shown in individual expositions in Spain, France and Portugal.
In 2001 he moved to Madrid, but he spent time as well in the Costa Brava with its incredible light, one of the most identifiable aspects of his work.