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What does it mean to be avant-garde? Merriam Webster defines the noun avant-garde as an intelligentsia (intellectuals who form an artistic, social, or political vanguard or elite) that develops new or experimental concepts, especially in the arts. Originally a French term, the concept of the avant-garde was used in the first half of the nineteenth century about art.

The first occurrence of the concept of “avant-garde” is associated with the work of a major social and economical philosopher from the beginning of the nineteenth century, Claude Henri de Saint-Simon. In his 1825 book Opinions Littéraires, philosophiques et industrielles he wrote:

“We, the artists, will be the vanguard of the intellectual revolution. The power of art is in fact the most effective and the fastest. We have all sorts of weapons: when we want to propose new ideas, we engrave them in marble or we draw them on a canvas.”

Claude Henri de Saint-Simon

Avant-garde artists push the envelope of creativity. You will learn about avant-garde artist Romero who was presented with the Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award for 2018/2019.

#2980 Knock 3X by Romero
#2980 Knock 3X 7-18-2019 by Romero

Figuring Out the Purpose of Avant-Garde

In fine art, the term avant-garde comes from the French for vanguard. Also, avant-garde is used to describe an artist, group, or style, that are considered to be significantly ahead of the majority in technique, subject matter, or application. Avant-garde artists explore new artistic methods or experiment with new techniques, to create better art with an emphasis on design.

What is a radical shift in art? For instance, does it mean a painting that is more aesthetically pleasing? Or more vividly colored? Or developing a new technique for collecting and viewing art as Romero has achieved?

Understanding the Connection Between Avant-Garde and Intellectual Revolution

Avant-garde artists and artworks often go hand-in-hand with social and political revolution because of the radical nature and the fact that the concept challenges existing ideas, processes, and forms. Today, the concept of art being the forefront of the intellectual revolution still exists. Romero’s work #2391 Wine Press, available in the Ikohaus Gallery shows that avant-garde artists analyze, observe, research, and record society.

#2391 Wine Press by Romero
#2391 Wine Press by Romero

Wine Press observes the situation in Uganda with a member of Parliament; Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu also known as Bobi Wine. Bobi started as a musician and stood up for the people under a repressive regime headed by President Museveni who remained in power uncontested for 33 years.

Awarding Avant-Garde Artist with Lifetime Achievement

Romero offers a new approach to aesthetic conceptualization, no longer involved with painting with brushes on paper, and in exploring new venues and techniques, thus experimental in the process of discovery. He believes in sharing your art with the world. In particular, Romero developed an innovative technology for collectors to share their art with the world and transform their TV into a work of art and viewing system.

Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement recognizes individuals that have achieved greatness in their industry. The individuals have excelled in their field for at least 20 years, and Lifetime Achievement is proud to display their accomplishments.

Who's Who Plaque
Who’s Who Plaque

In 2018, Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, presented Romero with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for 2018/2019. He is also featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website, and included in the book published fall 2019. The book will be available in the U.S. Library of Congress and available for purchase on sites like Amazon.

In honor of the Who’s Who book, Romero is offering special early adopter prices on select works. Head over to the Ikohaus Facebook shop to add Romero’s works to your collection.

#490 Solomon Burke The Father 7-20-2018 by Romero

Everything we do, we believe in creating in a non-physical space. We believe it is amid this nexus that we relate to each other. The way we challenge the status quo is by democratizing and digitizing the art world. And we happen to make avant-garde art. Ready to view the collection?