ALCOI, 1950 Román Francés
Being light and color as motives of progress within a tradition that in each person must be renewed so as not to die in the past.
In his works, the excellent drawing, the sense of composition, the feeling of color and the omnipresence of light surround some themes where the female figure is the protagonist.
Born in Alcoy, Alicante, 1950, at the age of fourteen he feels the need to express himself and chooses painting as a means to do so. He started painting with his friend and teacher Gaspar Francés Rico. He exhibited his first work in 1965 in the Autumn Salon of his city. Then he traveled to Madrid, where he was immersed in the cultural and political movement of the 60s. They are years of research where he opposes technique and reflection. He returned to Alcoy in 1971. Very influenced by painters such as Sorolla, Pinazo and Navarro, he began a journey of searching for his expressive power with the desire to communicate his intimate truth. In 1975 he held his first solo exhibition in Barcelona, later in Madrid, Valencia, Malaga, Zaragoza … and also in Italy, Belgium, Japan or New York to name some of the places where, until now, Your fabrics have been presented. In his works, the excellent drawing, the sense of composition, the feeling of color and, even, the omnipresence of light surround some themes where the female figure, dressed in poetry, is the protagonist. The gardens, in many occasions, serve as a stage for these magnificent compositions that include impressionist references.
VITAL ESSENTIALS IN THE ROMAN FRANCÉS PAINTING
by Josep M. Cadena
When the winter is over and spring is approaching, it is good to be able to talk about the painting of José Miguel Román Francés -the artist uses the two surnames and for them is widely known-, since his work brings us the flowering of Nature and it has the warmth of the sun that is reborn each morning to give a sense of continuous renewal in everything it touches.
Born in Alcoy in 1950, Román Francés showed very early on that in him the means of expressing the beauty of the world and the young women he wanted to capture were drawing and painting. He risked and fought hard to achieve it, with the will to make himself with the study of the works of the great masters that, from the age of eighteen, he found in the Prado Museum of Madrid and with the visit, with critical will , to all kinds of artistic exhibitions of his contemporaries. In this way he drank in classical figuration and learned to respect any work that was sincere, but already with the decision to move within the figuration and realism of the Mediterranean type, which felt more like his own.
And in this way, conscious of its roots, with a stubborn sense of aesthetic balance, it soon came to connect with its sources of an open and well-understood Alacantinism, which feels light and color as motifs of progress within a tradition that in each Person must renew himself to not die in the past. As it happens -I insist- with the Spring that every year visits us with accents of novelty.