RENÉ ROMERO SCHULER

René Romero Schuler is one of the most important and well-collected contemporary artists to emerge out of the Midwest in the last decade. The Chicago-based artist creates powerful paintings and sculptures that convey strength, vulnerability and a holistic view of beauty. Romero Schuler’s oeuvre has garnered attention from gallerists, notable collectors, museums and the media alike, both on a local and international scale.

Recently, her painting graced the cover of NS magazine, and her solo exhibition in Chicago was met with high praise and attracted many new collectors. In 2013, Romero Schuler’s work was showcased in Europe, with her exhibition in Paris serving as the highlight of their show season. Her work has been exhibited during Art Basel since 2011, and this spring will mark her first university show at St. Thomas University in Miami.

Romero Schuler’s early expressionistic paintings have been compared to Jean Dubuffet and Willem de Kooning, while her recent work is influenced by Susan Rothenberg, Michel Nedjar and Maryann Kolb. The content and execution of her abstract female figures, however, sets her apart from all others. Romero Schuler captures the complexity of modern femininity and explores the many dynamic facets of the human spirit including power, vulnerability, resilience, spirituality, beauty and imperfection; yet her art also projects a deliberate optimism with the aim of inspiring her viewers with hope, fortitude and, ultimately, strength. Her approach is personal yet universal, and profoundly intimate. The female figures she captures are equal parts self-portraiture and portraits of a range of human emotions. Her work is visually and emotionally affecting and powerfully reveals her appreciation for the struggle and triumph of the human condition. Of late, Romero Schuler has focused more introspectively to reveal work that speaks to feminist and societal issues that resonate with her.

Whether on canvas, paper or three-dimensional sculpture, Romero Schuler studies the relationship between what is immediately apparent at the surface and what exists beneath. A self-taught artist, she applies layers of oil paint using a palette knife. Her technique involves harnessing textural strata of paint, palette scratches and bold colors to stress the inherent tension between surface and depth. Romero Schuler’s current style can be described as a controlled abstract expressionism wedded with a pop culture sensibility that is uniquely her own.

Romero Schuler shares her artistic talent and passion by teaching at the Illinois Institute of Art and Chicago City Colleges and lecturing at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Her art is on display in public collections in Chicago, including inside the Prudential Building, the Chanel boutique at Neiman Marcus, Hyatt Hotels and in the permanent archives at the Art Institute of Chicago. Romero Schuler’s work has exhibited internationally, most recently in Rome and Paris, and continues to be permanently represented in the United States and in Paris.

A book, René Romero Schuler: Life and Works, showcasing images of the artist’s thick impastos, striking figural canvases and sculptures, was released in 2013 and provides readers with a look into her artistic process.

Notable patrons, Silicon Valley CEOs and television personalities are among Romero Schuler’s collectors here and abroad. She extends her passion for art as a board member of the Loyola University Museum of Art by curating exhibits and avidly procuring a personal collection of fine art.

 

Artist Statement

My work reflects my childhood feelings of isolation, and has become an outward expression of some of my deepest emotions. The minimal and contemplative paintings of lone figures in a vast emptiness express these complex and intense emotions. These works have become my way of making peace with myself, and the world around me.

The human figure is the vehicle with which I can most relate. I am overwhelmed with fascination and curiosity about the solitude and mystery of human beings, but also their resilience and strength. I try to express this through my technique. I don’t approach the canvas with a particular image in my mind. Rather, I begin with color. I apply layer after layer of paint, focusing on the forces beneath the surface—the dread, the frenzy, isolation, fear, separation, love, intimacy, hope, humor, and whimsy. Through this, an image begins to form (albeit in my mind, perhaps). I then build and embellish this form and allow it do develop into being. I use the palette knife as my primary tool, because it allows for a greater sense of freedom in the overall sense of the figure. There are no fine characteristics, or clearly defined attributes. These figures are “everyone” and “no one”. They are stripped to their most essential elements…their most basic form.

I have always loved to draw and color and create, and was very enthusiastically praised by many teachers and peers as I grew up. My plan to become an artist was a foregone conclusion. It’s all I have ever planned to do, and it’s all I have done.

I sold my first paintings while I was in high school. Right out of high school, I started my first business. I called local companies from the Yellow Pages, and asked if they needed any paintings for their offices or lobbies. I certainly got more no’s than yes’s, but I got my start. The commissions I received became more and more varied, and soon my business turned into a bit more of a decorative painting and mural company. I began hiring assistants, and doing bigger and bigger jobs, and incorporating sculpture and mosaics and general design into my repertoire. I assisted scenic companies throughout Chicago, and worked with top restaurant and nightclub design firms.

My work has been featured in numerous publications, including Chicago Social Magazine, Sheridan Road Magazine, Chicago Reader, Chicago Tribune, Nightclub & Bar Magazine, Forest & Bluff Magazine, The Artists’ Magazine and Pioneer Press.

Artwork

Dawn

Oil on Canvas 48″ x 72″

Pie

Oil on Canvas 30″ x 24″

Palara

Oil on Canvas 54″ x 54″

Lace

Oil on Canvas 30″ x 24″

Purusha

Oil on Canvas 30″ x 24″

Aerin

Oil on Canvas 33″ x 33″

Shine

Oil on Canvas 60″ x 48″

Hollene

Oil on Canvas 71″ x 79″

Catania

Oil on Canvas 20″ x 16″

Tambor

Oil on Canvas 16″ x 12″

Paravel

Oil on Canvas 20″ x 16″

Tirians

Oil on Canvas 20″ x 16″

Eden

Oil on Canvas 40″ x 46″

Laraia

Oil on Canvas 36″ x 36″

Emeline

Oil on Canvas 40″ x 30″

Danji

Oil on Canvas 48″ x 36″

Conlon

Oil on Canvas 40″ x 30″

Anikai

Oil on Canvas 60″ x 54″
Buy a painting of a girl in pink dress called Aster.

Aster

Oil on Canvas 60″ x 54″

Blaire

Oil on Canvas 50″ x 40″

Roland

Oil on Canvas 50″ x 40″

Hikara

Oil on Canvas 33″ x 33″

Rhapsody

23k Champagne Gold, Oil on Canvas 40″ x 44″

Avalon

Oil on Canvas 100″ x 100″

Belden

Oil on Canvas 72″ x 68″

Sold

Tembias

Oil on Canvas 46″ x 40″ SOLD

Chicha

Oil on Canvas 40″ x 30″ SOLD

Luchése

Oil on Canvas 48″ x 72″ SOLD

Drake

Oil on Canvas 30″ x 24″ SOLD

Brett

Oil on Canvas 30″ x 24″ SOLD

Divine

Steel Wire, Copper 16″ x 5″ x 4″ SOLD

Jardin

Oil on Canvas 20″ x 16″ SOLD

Fess

Oil on Canvas 20″ x 16″ SOLD

Claire

18k Gold, Oil on Canvas 60″ x 48″ SOLD

Amakina

Oil on Canvas 60″ x 40″ SOLD
Buy a painting of a woman in red called Punky.

Punky

Oil on Canvas 40″ x 30″ SOLD
Buy a painting of a boy in white polo called Holden.

Holden

Oil on Canvas 30″ x 24″ SOLD
Buy a painting of a blue teenager called Monroe.

Monroe

Oil on Canvas 20″ x 16″ SOLD
Buy a painting of a young green lady called Calico.

Calico

Oil on Canvas 20″ x 16″ SOLD
Buy a painting of a man in purple called Broadway.

Broadway

Oil on Canvas 20″ x 16″ SOLD
Buy a painting of a girl in green dress called Jessa.

Jessa

Oil on Canvas 20″ x 16″ SOLD
Buy a painting of a girl in green dress called Dixon.

Dixon

Oil on Canvas 50″ x 40″ SOLD

Dharma

Oil on Canvas 77″ x 73″ SOLD

Althea

Oil on Canvas 60″ x 54″ SOLD

Nocturne

Oil on Canvas, 70″ x 70″ Unique custom frame, approx. size 80″ x 80″ SOLD

Holly

Oil on Canvas 48″ x 36″ SOLD

Arjin

Oil on Canvas 48″ x 72″ SOLD

Brett

Oil on Canvas 8″ x 8″ SOLD

Riviera

Oil on Canvas 48″ x 36″ SOLD

Paladium

Oil on Canvas 60″ x 60″ SOLD

Rae

22k Gold Leaf on Handmade Paper 30″ x 20″ SOLD

Dovinia

22k Gold Leaf on Handmade Paper 30″ x 20″ SOLD

Sozha

22k Gold Leaf on Handmade Paper 30″ x 20″ SOLD

Nona

22k Gold Leaf on Handmade Paper 30″ x 20″ SOLD

Lahar

22k Gold Leaf on Handmade Paper 30″ x 20″ SOLD

Ashta

22k Gold Leaf on Handmade Paper 30″ x 20″ SOLD

Rain

22k Gold Leaf on Handmade Paper 30″ x 20″ SOLD

Dawn

22k Gold Leaf on Handmade Paper 30″ x 20″ SOLD

Souhaite

22k Gold Leaf on Handmade Paper 30″ x 20″ SOLD

Silama

22k Gold Leaf on Handmade Paper 30″ x 20″ SOLD

Bondai

22k Gold Leaf on Handmade Paper 30″ x 20″ SOLD

Tells

Oil on Canvas 40″ x 30″ SOLD

Warriors

Oil on Canvas 48″ x 84″ SOLD

Olukai

Oil on Canvas 30″ x 24″ SOLD

Ragna

Oil on Canvas 48″ x 36″ SOLD

Cyra

Oil on Canvas 48″ x 36″ SOLD

Finola

Oil on Canvas 60″ x 54″ SOLD

Olive

Oil on Canvas 15.7″ x 11″ SOLD

Sheridan

Oil on Canvas 60″ x 54″ SOLD

Sylvan

Oil on Canvas 54″ x 60″ SOLD

Spencer

Oil on Canvas 60″ x 54″ SOLD

Claribel

Oil on Canvas 60″ x 54″ SOLD

Arlo

Oil on Canvas” 36″ x 36″ SOLD

Degra

Oil on Canvas 60″ x 54″ SOLD

Carmela

Oil on Canvas 64″ x 52″ SOLD

Eldona

Oil on Canvas 50″ x 40″ SOLD

Magda

24k Gold, Oil on Canvas 40″ x 40″ SOLD

Reza

24k Gold, Oil on Canvas 60″ x 60″ SOLD

Gala

Oil on Canvas 64″ x 52″ SOLD

Aspen

Mixed Media on Canvas 60″ x 48″ SOLD

Journey

Oil on Canvas 48″ x 60″ SOLD

Amity

Oil on Canvas 50″ x 40″ SOLD

Poppy

Oil on Canvas 78″ x 58″ SOLD

Heisl

Oil on Canvas 42″ x 40″ SOLD

Dianita

Oil on Canvas 66″ x 60″ SOLD

Iliana

Oil on Canvas 50″ x 40″ SOLD

Desiree

Oil on Canvas Wrapped Panel 50″ x 40″ SOLD

Karya

Oil on Canvas 30″ x 30″ SOLD

Solange

Oil on Canvas 54″ x 36″ SOLD

Oleander

Oil on Canvas 30″ x 30″ SOLD

Osielle

Oil on Canvas 30″ x 30″ SOLD

Glass

Oil on Canvas 48″ x 48″ SOLD

Claudine

Oil on Canvas 60″ x 40″ SOLD

Beach

Oil on Canvas 32″ x 60″ SOLD

Shelayla

Oil on Canvas 60″ x 48″ SOLD

Marren

Oil on Canvas 60″ x 66″ SOLD

Mandita

Oil on Canvas 54″ x 36″ SOLD

Emilia

Oil on Canvas 42″ x 40″ SOLD

Cadence

Oil on Canvas 48″ x 48″ SOLD

Aramid

Oil on Canvas 30″ x 30″ SOLD

Chloe

Oil on Canvas 48″ x 48″ SOLD

Melveña

Oil on Canvas 65″ x 36.5″ SOLD

Maidens

Oil on Canvas 52″ x 104″ SOLD

Sorel

Oil on Canvas 54″ x 36″ SOLD

Marina

Oil on Canvas 40″ x 40″ SOLD

Leisel

Oil on Canvas over Panel 48″ x 30″ SOLD

Inez

Oil on Canvas 24″ x 24″ SOLD

Eterne

Oil on Canvas 48″ x 48″ SOLD

Peace

Oil on Canvas 68″ x 72″ SOLD

Alas

Oil on Canvas 40″ x 40″ SOLD

Samata

Oil on Canvas over Panel 60″ x 66″ SOLD

Coast

Oil on Wooden Panel 44″ x 78″ SOLD

Beach

Oil on Canvas 64×77 SOLD

Blythe

Oil on Canvas 60×60 SOLD