MICHAEL ROMAN, San Francisco, CA
Offi has teamed up with T-shirt printer, Creative Origins, to bring a collection of pillows with Graphics designed by Michael Roman. While we haven't met Michael personally, one of our neighbors, Jennifer "The Duke" Harpending found the pillows and brought in pictures of her apartment in Brooklyn from the 80's where Michael had painted up the walls for her Halloween party that year. Sometimes we miss all the fun. Fortunately we still connected with the designs and the designer.
Born and raised in greater Los Angeles, Michael Roman moved to New York's
lower east side in the mid-70's. Working as an aspiring artist / bike
messenger, Michael frequently delivered packages and hung out at Andy
Warhol's labs in Manhattan. There, he received a great deal of inspiration
to what would become his life work of stencil / screen art, combining Warhol
techniques with old-Mexico methods and ancient images, which has become
known as "Latinissmo".
Michael's textile art, known for its all over coverage and hand made
appearance brings life to stencils and images. Avoiding the sterilized look
which is so common, the hand wrought artwork appears as unique and imperfect
as life itself.
Michael's clients have included celebrities such as Carlos Santana, Madonna,
and Keith Richards. His artwork has been chosen to adorn album covers, Hotel
VIP rooms, movie sets, night clubs, and dozens of restaurants.
In the mid-90's, Michael was discovered by Carlos Santana, and he moved to
San Francisco where he has been making personal artwork, clothing, and
furniture for the superstar. Michael participates in several international
events and has a permanent display at the Oaxaca Heritage Museum in Oaxaca,
Michael currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Mission Cultural
Center in San Francisco, where also teaches classes to aspiring and students
in the Mission district.
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