Exploring Visual Arts across Madison
Aug 26, 2013
Ever since viewing Romano Johnson’s artwork for the first time recently, I’ve been eager to see his dynamic, sparkle-embellished canvases again.
I got the chance at Café Zoma, the Atwood Avenue coffee shop next to Absolutely Art.
Twelve large works line the café’s walls. They range in subject matter from machines to cars and motorcycles to a jungle scene, with a few figurative paintings worked into the mix.
A self-taught artist born in Chicago with a cognitive disability, Johnson works out of Madison’s ARTWORKING studio, which provides professional development services to artists with conditions like Johnson’s.
Johnson’s paintings are up only through August 31 at Café Zomam but here's hoping they show up in other art spaces across the city in the future. But while they're here, do not pass up the chance to see this artist on the rise and his expressive, joyful approach to art-making.
Also on display through just the end of the month are watercolor shadow paintings by Minnesota-based artist Matt Berbee. Up at Absolutely Art, the paintings feature beautiful colors and textures, with a batik-like quality. While some compositions include human forms, many are abstract, with imagery that hints at butterfly wings, tree branches and ripples in water.
For more information, visit absolutelyartllc.com.
Photos—of Red Cloud Spaceship Blue Water by Johnson and Louis Armstrong by Berbee—courtesy of Absolutely Art.