Jaime Romano was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 10, 1942. He studied at the Río Piedras campus of the University of Puerto Rico, where he obtained undergraduate degrees in Business Administration in 1963 and in Humanities–Fine Arts in 1966. At the American University of Washington, D.C., he earned a Master of Arts–Painting degree in 1969. He lived in New York City and in Washington D.C. from 1975 to 1986, where he studied at New York University while exhibiting his artwork internationally. Upon his return to Puerto Rico, he rejoined the faculty of the Department of Fine Arts at the Río Piedras campus of the University of Puerto Rico, retiring as a tenured Full Professor in 2008.
Since 1964 Romano has presented more than 40 solo shows in Puerto Rico, New York, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. He has also participated in numerous important group shows throughout the Caribbean, North and South America, as well as Europe. His works are found in significant public and private collections at national and international levels. He has presented three comprehensive exhibitions of his work. In 1987, the Ponce Museum of Art and Chase Manhattan Bank showed a selection of his works created during his years of residence in the United States. His first solo show at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico in 2002 consisted of works done during his year-long sabbatical from the University of Puerto Rico. The 2015 exhibition at the same venue in recognition of his 50-year of career was his most comprehensive, spanning the years 1967-2015.
“Practicing art requires an adventurous spirit that demands an acceptance without reticence of the indisputability of the possible, the improbable and the impossible. To such purpose, allegories that we have created before about the evident are necessary to establish infallible strategies for accessing possibilities hidden behind the opaque glass enveloping the “real”. It is achieved through formulations, apparently magical, that permit us to transform the impossible into credible. I underline apparent for, as what we invoke is the imagination–dismissed by many as puerile. What is really magical about the work of art the way it fuses itself with the most imaginative evocations of the willing spectator turning him into a believer. When we artists submit our works to scrutiny, we do it with a malevolent intention of pushing you through the glass.”
Jaime Romano, 2017