Primitive modernist, Antonio Romano, was born in Italy in 1953. A classically trained artist with ancestral roots dating back five generations, Romano developed a distinctive style combining modernism and narrative folk art and was a fixture of the explosive and groundbreaking lower east side art scene in New York in the 1980's. Influenced by Man Ray, Giorgio De Chirico, the Italian Futurists, Paul Delvaux and Rene Magritte, Romano had a contemporary style that was reminiscent of a bygone era. “I am looking at the future,” explained the artist, “but am fascinated with the past.” Incorporating a background in fresco painting, Romano used colors and imagery from the past to inform his unique style. The artist worked with inks and dyes, often of his own formula, and with emulsions that he created over the years, handed down by his ancestors. He applied his fresco and inks to the backsides of “found” canvases and discarded paintings and built each work around an antique frame that he hand selected to be part of the work itself. If there was a chip or a crack, Romano felt that it only enhanced the painting and everything was left as it was found.