BIOGRAPHY

Romulo Royo is an international artist dedicated to contemporary art born in 1976, Zaragoza (Spain). Since 2000 his work is exhibited in various private collections, foundations and museums after his beginnings in the professional world, which began in 1995, making illustrations for the publishing house Norma Editorial and publishing internationally on covers of novels and comic magazines for publishers such as Eura (Italy), Rad Moskbay (Russia), Bastei (Germany) and in 1999 he decided to turn and devote himself fully to the world of painting that also began at this time.

He has solo exhibitions thanks to the Meta Project that travels through Valencia, A Coruña (Spain), Verona, Milan (Italy), Frankfurt (Germany), Tokyo (Japan). In turn, his work is exhibited at the Museo Pablo Serrano, Museo Provincial de Huesca, Museo de Teruel, and published in various art magazines such as Trebede, Bonart, Exit, Lapiz or Mu Magazine among others. American Express commissions him some Limited Edition Lithographs gathered in a folder and titled Perpetual Present.

From 2004 onwards he exhibits in important private galleries, Foundations, Museums and international fairs, such as Art Forum Berlin, FIAC, Los Angeles Art Show, ARCO Madrid, Art Miami, CIGE Beijing China, ART International Instanbul or ART Wynwood, among others.

In 2006 he undertook a trip to Moscow with Luis Royo to work on the great Medvedev Dome, in a castle in the middle of the icy Russian Taiga. The book Dome compiles the entire creative process of about seven months prior to the work, as well as all the physical and mental effort that the artists had to endure during their four-month stay on the scaffolding, painting the frescoes in oil.

During this period he made some series such as Siamese or Metal-Piel, composed of paintings and sculptures that are contemplated in prestigious spaces such as the National Museum Metelkova of Slovenia, Can Framis Museum of the Vila Casas Foundation in Barcelona, the X Biennial of the Martínez Guerricabeitia Foundation in the Museum of the City of Valencia, the Fran Daurel Foundation in Madrid, the Maeztu Museum in Estella or the IV Biennial of Contemporary Art in Moscow.

From 2009, his series Blackened Times, begins with an exhibition at the XXV Biennial of Alexandria of the National Museum of Alexandria to later travel to different countries. The Alcort Foundation commissions a 1500 kg aluminum sculpture, which they add to their collection and exhibit in the foundation’s gardens. The piece, Siameses, is included in the book by Romulo Royo titled Videncia, Velamiento y Ceguera, whose texts and exhibition curatorship were carried out by Fernando Castro Flórez.

That same year he collaborated with Luis Royo on the large format paintings for the oriental-tinged Dead Moon book, published worldwide together with an I-Ching deck with his images, among other multimedia products. This collaboration, together with the previous one in Moscow, would give rise to a project that encompasses different disciplines, becoming a far-reaching multimedia project: Malefic Time. The initiative brings together several international books with paintings and illustrations, novels, sculptures made by Yamato (USA) and Nocturna (Spain), manga and merchandising such as calendars, published by Pyramid (Great Britain) or Sellers Publishing (USA), tarot cards by Fournier, role-playing games, video clips with Avalanch, etc.

Published in Spectrum XVIII The Best In Contemporary Fantastic Art, the work entitled Llegará el día. He exhibits at the Santa Monica center accompanied by an edition of the book On-Off and in galleries such as Miguel Marcos Gallery (Spain), MDA Gallery (Sweden), in Fnac, which itinerates through different cities, Schwalbe 54 Gallery (Frankfurt), etc. and his work is also shown in numerous fairs, such as ARCO Madrid where he exhibits regularly since 2012.

From 2012 to 2016 the three books of the Malefic Time trilogy are published: Apocalypse, 110 Katanas and Akelarre of international circulation translated into more than eight languages and published by Cross Cult (Germany), Bragelonne (France), Norma Editorial (Spanish and English), Rizzoli Lizard (Italy), Azbuka (Russia).

Between 2014 and 2020 he makes series such as Goddesses of Nibiru or Flowers and Thorns that are exhibited in galleries such as Kavachinina Contemporary Gallery (Miami), Galeria Miguel Marcos (Spain), Galería Huberty & Breyne (Brussels) among others and her works for the first time are auctioned in well-known auction houses such as Christie’s Paris and Brussels, Ketterer Kunst (Munich), Galartis (Switzerland) or the Organized by The Womanity Foundation, auction conducted by the renowned Simon de Pury. Prestigious galleries such as Gagosian, Miguel Marcos and Aquavella, among others, took part in it. Also, during those years and the following ones, he has been present in the previously mentioned fairs such as Art Miami, Gige Bejing China, ART International Istanbul, ARCO Madrid, etc. and fantasy fairs such as Fantasy Basel or New York Comic-Con.

In addition to exhibitions in private galleries and fairs, in 2023 he exhibits “Art Generations”, curated by Mauro Bruni at the Palazzo Ducale at the Lucca Comics & Games Fair, the most prestigious exhibition space worldwide dedicated to fantasy. The following year his work is shown at the Museum of Modern European Art MEAM, with the exhibition “The dream of fantasy”. Together with this, his previous series dedicated to the oriental world that have a Zen aesthetic, as in his series Goddesses of Nibiru, and a cyberpunk halo as seen in his work Your Sexy Beast, lead him to an exhibition curated by Jaime Romero Leo at the Centro Cultural Hispano-Japonés de Salamanca.

BIBLIOGRAPHY AND ARTIST’S  BOOKS

VIDAPERRA (1999). Portfolio art, edited by Cave Canem.

PROHIBITED BOOKS (1999). Volume 1, work with Luis Royo, edited by Norma editorial.

GRAN ENCICLOPEDIA ARAGONESA 2000 (2000) Group 3, by Manuel Pérez-Lizano, edited by the Government of Aragon.

PERPETUO PRESENTE (2005). Group of lithographs of 56 x 76 cm luxury edition, limited edition.

DOME (2007). Edition in rustic and boards, work with Luis Royo, edited by Norma editorial.

BARAJA I CHING – Dead Moon. I work with Luis Royo. Edited by Norma editorial.

DEAD MOON (2009). Work with Luis Royo. Edition in rustic and board, edited by Norma editorial.

BLACKENED TIMES (2009). Text by Manuel Romero. Edited by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID).

VIDENCIA, VELAMIENTO, CEGUERA (2009). Text by Fernando Castro Flórez. Edition in rustic and board, edited by the Alcort Foundation.

SIAMESES (2009) Resistant and Siameses … through Rómulo Royo with text by Gloria Bosch. Edition in board, edited by Laberinto Gris.

DEMONS (2011), Portfolio art, luxury edition, limited edition, Luis Royo & Romulo Royo. Edited by Laberinto Gris.

Against NATURA (2010). Participating critics Glória Bosch, Maria de Corral, José Miguel Cortés, Rafael Doctor, Fernando Francés, Magda Belloti Gallery, Galeria Moises Pérez de Albéniz, Rosa Santos Gallery, Senda Gallery, T20 Gallery. Curated by Joan Gil i Gregorio. Edited by Martínez Guerricabeitia Foundation.

Novel “CODEX APOCALYPSE” and manga “SOUM” from the series Malefic Time (2012 – 2013)

PLENILUNIO and ECOS DEL IRKALLA, (2014 and 2016) edited by Nosolorol.

From the MALEFIC TIME series, three books are entitled: APOCALYPSE, 110 KATANAS and AKELARRE (2012-2016), International Crop by Cross Cult (Germany), Bragelonne (France), Editorial Standard (English and Spanish), Rizzoli Lizard ), Azbuka (Russia) … is distributed internationally in other countries.

PROJECTS (2019) two-volume box set: CUSTOM-MADE and GODDESSES international edition, published by Norma Editorial.