Romano Johnson: The Glitterati 

August 24–November 5, 2017 Current Exhibitions
Image for Romano Johnson, Gold X Woman, Acrylic on canvas, 2016, Lent by the Portrait Society Gallery, Milwaukee (detail)Romano Johnson, Gold X Woman, Acrylic on canvas, 2016, Lent by the Portrait Society Gallery, Milwaukee (detail)
One of the most original artists working in Wisconsin today is Romano Johnson. His large-scale paintings literally dazzle with their generous use of glitter and color. Johnson is essentially self-taught. His only formal instruction came from an art teacher at Madison’s East High School. His subject matter illustrates moments in history, music, politics, and popular culture as well as his deep spirituality. MOWA is pleased to present Johnson in his first solo museum exhibition.

Exhibition Activities

Opening Party
Saturday, October 7 | 2:00–5:00
Make it a mythical afternoon at the Opening Party for Romano Johnson: The Glitterati, Gerit Grimm’s Fairytales: In A Time Neither Now Nor Then, and Dean Meeker: Myths and Masquerades. Meet artists Gerit Grimm and Romano Johnson while enjoying live music, light snacks, and a cash bar.

Special Studio Saturday
Saturday, October 7 | 11:00–12:30
Get inspired with glitter! Johnson leads a hands-on art making Studio Saturday. Share his love for all things colorful and create a piece of art to take home.