SUMMER Romasco IS A VISUAL ARTIST LIVING AND WORKING IN OAKLAND, CA.

Romasco grew up in Perry, Ohio, leaving to attend the University of Rochester. After she received degrees in Studio Art and English Literature, she moved to New York City to study Humanities and Social Thought at NYU and work in television at NBCUniversal. She moved to the West Coast in 2012. Her background in media studies encouraged her to explore contemporary visual culture, the iconography of which is her main sources of inspiration.

 

She works primarily with paint and screen printing to create two-dimensional works on canvas. The philosophy that everything is a product of a cultural memory frames each work, creating alternating moments of discovery and recognition through icons, patterns, and collage.
 

Aside from attending shows, you can also follow her process on Instagram.  

 

 
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About the Work

Romasco employs a mix of digital and hand-drawn illustrations, which are collaged, painted and screen printed onto canvas-wrapped panels. Her work is a pastiche of common pop cultural tropes and historical motifs. She deconstructs cultural iconography -  reducing it to signs and patterns which are appropriated and remixed to create unexpected and ironic collages. Her decorative works both revere and challenge iconic images from consumer culture, acknowledging the mutability of signs, their innate multiplicity, while challenging the viewer to reconsider visual language systems and imagine alternative meanings.

 
Canvas in the Studio

Summer on the Web

While this site contains a sampling of Romasco's artwork, there's much more to see. She regularly updates her social media with photos of work in progress, news about upcoming shows and exhibits, and snapshots from Bay Area art events and her studio life. Follow Summer to see the latest work.
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The Feed

Follow Summer to see the latest work @summerromasco

 

The Studio

Summer's art studio is located in Oakland, California. Studio visits are by appointment only. Please call or email summer to schedule a studio visit. Summer also hosts a yearly open studio in June - see the events page for upcoming open studio and exhibition dates.

Studio Visit Map