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Jose Miguel Roman Frances

Jose Miguel Roman Frances

(Spanish, b. 1950) 

Roman Frances was born on January 2, 1950 in Alcoy, a small town near Valencia, Spain. At the age of fourteen, he began to work under Gaspar Frances Rico, who influenced the young man’s humanistic and artistic vision.

In 1965 he exhibited his first painting in Alcoy’s Salon de Otoño. The following year he moved to Madrid, where he remained for five years. His presence in the Spanish capital during that period of cultural effervescence further influenced his artistic development. Soon after Roman Frances returned to Alcoy in 1971, a son, Paco Roman, was born. For many years Frances made his home in his native city, whose artists of the late 19th Century affected his work. He traveled extensively, spending some time in the United States in 1978.

Roman Frances held his first individual exhibition in Catalonia in 1976 and soon followed it with others throughout Spain. After exhibiting his work in Lisbon in 1991, he participated in exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and Japan. His work can be found in public and private collections in over 30 countries.

Full of the light and color typical of the Mediterranean, Frances’ work is characterized by superb draftsmanship. Most striking is the skilled contrast he creates between central figures and backgrounds. The skin of the naive women and children who are represented is delicately shaded and finely painted, whereas the backgrounds tend to some impasto. The overall effect is one of peace and harmony.