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Gabriel Garcia Roman
New York, NY
Neighborhood: Sunset Park

ARTIST STATEMENT: Queer Icons The subjects in the series Queer Icons are people of color, who also maintain identities within the queer community. I imbue rarely seen contemporary figures whose facial gestures alone carry immense power and nuance, much like the classic iconography of saints. By applying a chine- collé technique to a polymer photogravure print process, I reference the style of Renaissance and Russian icon paintings, transforming everyday denizens by bringing out their iconography. The work juxtaposes traditionally disempowered urbanites with the roles of gods.

Why LGBT figures? I am exploring the edges of gender, as expressed in the nuances of the contemporary urban world: A simple eye shape, an angle of a mouth, the tilt of the head - indicating a queering of traditional forms and roles. The outsiders I photograph are central, worthy of emulation. Much like traditional religious paintings conferred a sense of safety, calm and meditation into a home, the works in this series confer a similar sense of calmness and strength, drawn from the inner grace of the subjects out onto a world that we might not always perceive as safe. These are figures that are double-outsiders drawing upon a strength that few others can fathom, let alone relate to.

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Gabriel García Román
11 West 129th St, Apt# 1
New York, NY 10027

Born in Zacatecas, Mexico in 1973 and raised in Chicago.
Currently lives and works in New York City.

B.A. 2012 City College of New York, NY

2015 Off The Press, 404 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
RALLY: Queer Art and Activism Now, Dixon Place, New York, NY
Manifest:Justice, Pop-up gallery, 3741 S. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA
2014 The Grey Area, Lura, New York, NY
Honest Bodies, Project Reach, New York, NY
2012 Convergence, La Maison d’Arte, New York, NY
14th Annual Postcards From the Edge Benefit, Cheim & Read Gallery, New York, NY
2011 13th Annual Postcards From the Edge Benefit, CRG Gallery, New York, NY
2010 Sparkle Motion 2, Arts in Bushwick Beta Spaces, New York, NY
Arte Latino II, Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, NY
Either/And (Part One: The New Skew), Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY
Heterotopia, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Education Center Inc., New York, NY
Self Image ‒ Contemporary Self Portraits, Arts Guild New Jersey, Rahway, NJ
2007 10th Annual Postcards From the Edge Benefit, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
2005 The Human Element, Coastal Arts League, Half Moon Bay, CA
16th National Drawing & Print Competitive Exhibition, Gromley Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Day of the Dead Celebration, Casita del Pueblo, Whittier, CA
2004 Silkscreen Work, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

Therese McCabe Ralston Connor Awards, 2008, 2009, 2010

Nueva Luz photographic journal, Volume 18#2 (En Foco: Bronx, 2014)

Online Publications
Christopher Harrity, “Artist Spotlight: The Queer Icons of Gabriel Garcia Roman”,, July 11th, 2015.

Maanvi Singh, “Not Your Mother’s Catholic Frescoes: Radiant Portraits Of Queer People Of Color”,, May 28th, 2015.

Katherin Brooks, “One Photographer Is Using Social Media To Celebrate ‘Queer Icons’ Of Color”,, May 19th, 2015.

Julie Zeilinger, “10 Stunning Images That Shatter Stereotypes About LGBTQ People of Color.”,, May 15th, 2015.

Juliana Britto Schwartz, “Photos of the Day: Multimedia Series Shines Light on Queer People of Color.”,, May 14th, 2015.

Jorge Rivas, “Why this artist is putting religious halos around his queer subjects”,, April 30th, 2015.

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