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For Tomei, "The world of contemporary art is without limits. It opens the door to the observer, to use their imagination, and to understand the artist's intention. It allows the viewer to observe, in the language of the artist, the infinity of all things."
In a world where disagreement historically carries the day, one thing is certain: diversity is the fabric of reality, and everything derives meaning through this diversity… the essential infinite that is our mysterious universe. Consciousness is the weave of the fabric, and Art is the singular thread holding the seams.
While most of us are busy trying to connect the dots, a few depart to enter the wilderness of life's mysteries in the search for personal solutions. These are the mystics. They seek to manifest in all things the immanence of the Divine… these are the 'Artist'.
For ROMEO ROBERT TOMEI, New York City's East Harlem of the late Nineteen Thirties, early Forties was a place of mysteries and opportunities.
"Life was very dynamic in those times, and it lives with me today," Tomei reminisces. "A person had to be very inventive, making and designing things from what little was available."
With his endless, creative imagination, curious mind, and the unflagging encouragement from his parents, Romeo's artistic impulses received nurture and care as he matured with freedom and substance into the artist he is, today. He tells us: "It was not at the universities or institutions where I received special training, but rather, in the progression of life's journey… To be out there on your own, accepting the prompting's and your own messages, understanding the true nature of freedom... not only in life but in the field of creative artistic expression as well, that is life. That is my apprenticeship."
Tomei's art parallels his Life Journey. It began in the home of his birth where the young boy was introduced to music by his mother. His father, a skilled craftsman, and poet, guided him toward the disciplined life of the artist and the freedom, which is its reward.
After formal studies at the Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in New York, Tomei was eager to apply his creative energies to any available medium in the service of his Art.
In over forty-five years of creative application, he has been a designer, director, consultant in film, advertising, and interior design with a private and corporate clientele. Through their international firm, Tomei & Tomei Creative Consultants, Ltd. of Auckland, New Zealand, Romeo and his wife Heather, were the major creative concept designers of the Auckland International Airport.
Along with Tomei & Tomei, Romeo was creator and partner with Blick, Tomei, Cox Productions, a film production company. Here, as throughout his career, Tomei was sought out by corporations (including several Fortune 500 companies), agencies, and private concerns for his artistic concepts.
Presently, the Tomei's live and work on the island of Maui, in Hawaii. His paintings have been presented at solo exhibitions, Agora Gallery, Soho New York; CW. Smith Gallery, Naples; Ormond Beach Museum, Florida; Patton Gallery, North Carolina; and in Hawaii at The Contemporary Gallery, Paia; Elizabeth Doyle Gallery, Lahaina; Seaside Fine Art, Wailea; and Sargent Fine Art in Lahaina. He maintains private studios in Maui, New York City, and Naples Southwest, Florida.
Today, ROMEO TOMEI'S formal training, broad personal and creative experiences, and ever-present drive merge to animate his paintings and designs.
His are works of vast spaces of imagination and deepest inspirations. "A mature artist, at once highly contemporary, yet one grounded in an intensely personal vision."
Any one of Tomei's works is a suspension in time of an impetus whose origin is beyond measured time, stretching to the infinite. They are shimmering particles of light briefly articulated in space before our curious eyes. Behind the grid of his paintings lies the many patterns of life… quiet, elusive, dominant, pervasive, and as all-informing deep in the subconscious.
His media - his brushstrokes - his colors - vibrate with the rhythms of quivering galaxies and titillate the broad weave of our imagination.
"If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him……
We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth."
John F. Kennedy
"I thought you would be interested in this photo since we both are sensitive to the well being of many.
Heather & I lived in Naples Florida for a while & active in the art community.
A charity there dealing with 'mental disease' had an open call to artists to help with the charity.
They came up with an idea for artists to pick an outdoor location within Naples to set up an easel & paint that scene.
The head of the charity was a close friend hence we worked closely.
They published a notice in the paper & other sources to announce the event.
A map & a program was drawn up & handed out to all people to follow the map & find where each artist was painting, the idea was to get a dialogue going between the artist & themselves.
On the weekend a dinner was given at the Naples Art Center to auction the paintings, [a big crowd]
The auction was a success, my painting went for the second-highest price.
** On a lighter side - Jodie who headed this event, had to bend my arm to agree on me painting on location, I, of course, would donate a painting instead,[since painting outdoors is not my thing - still not] but, she won out. And I did enjoy it after all, together with my Pal ‘Zhivago’.
I chose the street we lived on for this painting, with Zhivago close by." - Artist Romeo Robert Tomei
Romeo Robert Tomei at Art Maui's annual juried art exhibition with his gorgeous original painting, "The Aboriginal Myth of the Rainbow Serpent".
© 2020 All Artwork Romeo Tomei
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