Barcelona-born Romulo Sans’ diverse training took him from his home in Spain to the United States. Sans originally studied contemporary music and jazz at the Aula de Música Moderna in Barcelona. Highly influenced by his grandfather, surrealist painter Juame Sans, he turned to the plastic arts under his then-mentor Isiah Zagar, spending his late teens building painstakingly detailed mosaics on the streets of Philadelphia, before studying graphic design at City College in San Francisco and finally, History of Fashion at FIT in New York, which he made his home for eight years as he ascended the global high fashion ranks.
In 1993, Sans opened SANS NY, an accessory boutique in Soho, and launched Sansmedia, an advertising agency for young, edgy labels on the rise in New York’s fashion scene. Sans attained international notoriety collaborating as a stylist and art director for high end publications like Details, Vogue Man, and Vogue France, whose art director Donald Schaider said of him: “Sans is a very rare and lethal combination of extraordinary artist with the camera and hot blooded adventurer with a ferocious appetite for life and beauty.” His collaborations with photographers including David Bailey, Mathias Vriens, and Alberto Figueroa have been widely published, in GEO Magazine, GQ, Colors Magazine, CNBC Business Magazine, Havana Journal, BBC, The New York TImes, Bouygues, and Bettiment Magazine, among others. Despite his success, Sans’ immersion in this industry motivated his de-attachment from fashion and return to art.
Relocating to Havana, Cuba, Sans spent ten years refining his aesthetic, merging his clean, fashion-trained eye with his bourgeoning commitment to cultural critique through artistic expression. Sans launched during this time, his controversial publication The H Magazine, Cuba’s first lifestyle magazine about the real Havana, a city that constantly outwits and reinterprets the limits placed on it by political authorities. James Brown, founder and editor of GQ Magazine has said of Sans’ The H Magazine that it “is probably the best and most stylish city guide in the world.” Sans’ daring attempt to capture Havana’s true zeitgeist came under fierce attack from Cuban authorities, resulting in Sans fleeing Cuba in 2009. Sans currently maintains his ties with Cuba from a distance, serving as Professor of Art Direction at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television de San Antonio.
Now living in New York , Sans burst onto the international art scene with his solo shows “Collapse” in 2011 at Galeria Hartman, Barcelona, and “Crushed” in 2013 at WhiteBox, New York, followed by Artshow Busan, South Korea and Art Basel, Hong Kong in 2014. To date, Sans’ has amassed collectors from around the globe, including the United Kingdom, China, Haiti, and Iran. In addition to guest lecturing at the Pratt Institute, New York, Sans is currently working on his next solo show, which explores developing his use of iconography into a narrative on racial codes in ethnographic urban landscapes.
Sans’ work is perhaps best summed up by legendary photographer David Bailey: “I really like what you are doing here. It’s very simple and fucking strong. Nobody does things like this anymore.”
Instituto Superior de Arte (I.S.A.) Havana, Cuba
2013 – “CRUSHED” by Romulo Sans Curated by Juan Puntes,. Whithebox Nyc Feb 03 – Feb 10 New York
2011 – “COLLAPSE” by Romulo Sans Curated by C. Hartman. Galeria Hartman, April 15 – May 26 Barcelona.
2013 – BEYOND THE CLOTH “THE KAFIYE PROJECT” Curated by Hala Abdelmalak September 6 – 29 at whitebox NY
2012 -AMERIKKA THE BEATIFUL Curated by RAul Zamundo Nobember 15-29 at whitebox, New York
2012 -FRANKENSTEIN ON THE BEACH Curated by Raul Zamudio August 23 – 24,at Whitebox, New York
2012 -LATIN LABOR DAY WEEKEND !! Curated by Renzo Ortega August 25 – 30, at Whitebox, New York
2012 -”HONORING ALI WEIWEI” with the Richard J. Massey Foundation Arts and Humanity Award. New York
2012 -”TRANSNACIONAL” 2011 Antigua ,CCE. Guatemala, Antigua, Brasil, Spain