Nelson Román


1945 Nelson Román is born in Ecuador, city of Latacunga, Cotopaxi Province.

1945-1965 Numerous experiences with indigenous rituals and dances.

First works in his father's workshop, Salvador Román.

Works with Teófilo Quishpe (in quichua: free man), Alejandro Jacho and José Amable Olmos, popular artists from Cotopaxi Province.

Studies in the School of Fine Arts in Quito, Ecuador.

Begins his friendship with Washington Iza and José Unda, and they form a group called "Aguarrás".

Studies "Folklore and Field Research", in the Folklore Ecuadorian Institute, with Brazilian anthropologist Paulo de Carvalho Neto in Quito, Ecuador.

Workshop with painter Manuel Viola from a group from Madrid called "El Paso", along with Iza and Unda - Quito, Ecuador.

1968 Meets Marta Traba, Argentinean art critic, who was both controversial and visionary - Quito, Ecuador.

Is invited to show his work together with José Unda, in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bogotá, Colombia.

1969 Beginning of a group called "Los Cuatro Mosqueteros" ("The Four Musketeers") with José Unda, Washington Iza and Ramiro Jácome; experimental works. The group launches their manifest: "La Ruptura del Yo Individualista" ("The Fragmentation of the Individual Self"

1970 "The Four Musketeers" exhibition against "Salón de Julio" ("July's Hall"), in a solarium under construction, in Guayaquil.

Imprisonment for bringing scandal to the city and painting phrases against art officialdom.

Aesthetic research of pre-hispanic archaeology with Moisés Vileilla, a Catalán sculptor.

1971-1973 Dissolution of "The Four Musketeers" and beginning of Nelson Román's individual works in Quito, Ecuador.

Wins the Paris Award in the "Second National Contest for Young Artists".

Travels to Paris and Nize with a

scolarship granted by the French government and studies in the School of Decorative Arts in Nize, France.

First works of assembly and collage.

Develops and deepens his expertise in engraving and lithography.

Begins his friendship with con Daniel Dezeuze from the "Support-Surface" group in Nize, France.

1974-1976 Individual exhibition in the OAS, Washington, D.C., invited by José Gómez Sicre, art critic and OAS Visual Arts Department Director.

Travels around several American cities, invited by the US Department of State, to visit museums, galleries as well as private collections.

Individual and collective exhibitions in the United States of America.

Exhibition and purchase of one of Román's dípticos for the "Luis Ángel Arango" Library collection in Bogotá, Colombia.

Exhibition in the Guayasamín Museum and beginning of a friendship bond with master Oswaldo Guayasamín in Quito, Ecuador.

1978 Participates in Sao Paulo biennial in Brazil.

1980-1982 Begins a profound research in popular art (bright colors, human and animal-form masks, feathers).

Participates in the organization of an Engraving Workshop in the Ecuadorian Casa de la Cultura ("Culture House") and establishes the "Grabas" workshop in Quito, Ecuador.

Studies in the "Marseille Luminy" Art and Architecture School in France.

Works with Christian Jacquard, an artist from the "Support-Surface" group, in Marseille, France.

1982 Meets Latin American art critic and historian, Gaston Diehl, who writes analysis and impression reviews of Román's work.

1990 Begins research and development in the "Ancestral" field.

Creates the "AXZA AXZA XXIII, fictitious city" Series.

1991 Meets French art critic Gérard Xuriguera; Venezuelan artist, Carlos Cruz Diez; and French artist Guy de Rougemont, in Paris.

1994-1995 Creates "Amantes de Sumpa" ("Sumpa Lovers") and "Códices" ("Codices"), inspired in ancient prehispanic graves from 8500 years ago. First works in volume.

1996 Opening of the "Nelson Román Space" in Quito, a permanent exhibition of his work.

Meets American archaeologist, Dr. Karen Stother, in Guayaquil, who participated in the “Sumpa Lovers” discovery.

1997 Román's Quito workshop is vandalized, then recovered and renewed.

Works in "Artistic Installations".

1998-1999 Exchanges workshops with Dutch sculptor, Marck Brusse.

Gives to Kofi Annan, United Nations General Secretary, the "Códice de Fuego" ("Codice of Fire") piece. This work is currently being displayed in the Fiduciary Council Hall of the United Nations, in New York.

2000-2004 Works in Paris and Quito.

Proposes the project for the recovery of the "Panecillo" - a sacred hill for Quito early inhabitants- in Quito.

Meets philosopher and art critic, Pierre Restany, in Paris, France.

Gets together with Mexican artists, José Luis Cuevas in México D.F. and Francisco Toledo in Guaxaca.

2005 - 2007 Creation of Román's "The Eye of the JAGUAR" Workshop-Gallery in Quito, Ecuador.

Beginning of new artistic proposals and exhibitions for America and the world.

Creation of the "Román Cultural Foundation" Project

Beginning of bonds with several organizations, private foundations and Latin American and European studies institutes, museums, libraries, banks and private collections in Europe and America.

Nelson Román has participated in several individual exhibitions in America and Europe; he has participated in numerous collective exhibitions, international biennials and contests. His work can be found in museums, as well as in private and public collections around the world.