Johnny Romeo is an internationally acclaimed Australian painter. Considered Australia’s leading Pop artist, Romeo is spearheading the global Neo-Expressionist Pop movement with his electrifying collision of rock’n’roll swagger, comic book aesthetics and street art. Described by GQ Magazine Australia as ‘part punk, part pop’, his works are explosive sugar rushes of Technicolour imagery and urban grittiness.
Armed with tongue-in-cheek humour and sharp social commentary, Johnny Romeo explores how the idolisation of celebrity icons and brand-name heroes influences our contemporary identity. His works emulate television by holding up a mirror to society, seeking to make sense of the cacophony of kitschy imagery that we are bombarded with in our Pop-obsessed culture.
Over the last decade, Johnny Romeo has had a successive number of critically acclaimed and sold-out exhibitions across Australia and New Zealand. 2016 has seen Romeo continue this hot streak, with a well publicised sell-out exhibition in Perth. A major force in contemporary Australian art, Romeo is represented by many of the country’s top galleries.
Romeo has graced prominent publications such as the Sydney Morning Herald, Vogue, the Australian Art Review and Artist Profile. Television features include the ABC 7:30 Report, Foxtel arts channel STVDIO, and the documentary 'Conquest Of Space: Science Fiction & Contemporary Art’, written and hosted by renowned art critic Dr. Andrew Frost.
On the international stage, Johnny Romeo has generated massive buzz, with hugely celebrated exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Pennsylvania and Florida. He has also been invited to participate in several high-profile group shows across the US and Europe, including Language Art, alongside childhood hero and Pop Art icon Robert Indiana. 2015 saw Romeo make standout appearances on US national television and Pennsylvanian universities as part of his acclaimed exhibition and book launch, TV Land.
As one of the most exciting names in Pop art today, Romeo’s works are highly sought-after the world over, and held in prominent public and private collections in Australia and overseas. He has embarked on many illustrious projects, working with the likes of American punk band Blink 182, Lexus Australia and leading US snowboarding company Gilson Boards.