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The Magical World of Roman Golla at MoonTree Studios Gallery

The Magical World of Roman Golla at MoonTree Studios Gallery

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 to Monday, January 20, 2020
Gallery Hours: 8:30am-11:30am and 1:00pm-4:00pm EST

MoonTree Studios Gallery will host the opening reception for “The Magical World of Roman Golla,” Thursday, December 5th from 5 to 7 PM EDT.  The reception is free and open to all.  Art curator, Bob Nowalk, will be providing a lecture on Roman Golla based on his numerous years of research beginning at 6 PM EDT.

A Naïve artist within the Outsider Artist genre, Roman Golla sits outside the standard path to artistic practice by being self-taught and full of imagined and remembered visions, painting expressively in a child-like manner. Akin to most Outsider Artists, Roman experienced an artistic awakening late in life.

Born in Poland in 1917, Roman grew up in the southern mountains of Poland near Zakopane. During WWII, Roman was swept up by the Nazi war machine and, in the early 1940’s, was sent to a Nazi Slave Labor camp in Alsace, France, to make airplane parts. In 1951, back in Poland, Roman decided to emigrate to America. He landed in Chicago, found a job working as a Securities Courier for a bank, and joined a local Chess League; playing so well, he earned a position in the US Open Chess Tournaments in 1954, 1961, 1963 and 1968. Given all he had experienced in Europe, you might think this would be enough, but for some unknown reason, in 1964, when he was 47 years old, Roman decided to adopt the persona of an artist.

Roman was eventually given a one-person exhibition at Humanitas Gallery in December of 1978. He received a good review from Harold Haydon of the Chicago Sun Times who described him as belonging “in that small band of imaginative artists who are called Naïve, lack academic training yet find the way to pictorial expression with complete conviction and success.” Unfortunately, Roman is not known to have ever shown in a gallery again.

MoonTree Studios
9638 Union Road
Plymouth, IN 46563