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Romero, avant-garde artist has captured science in one of his works. Discover how in this article.

Capturing science through art
G-protein Coupled Receptors EI9


Inspiration behind “G-Protein Coupled Receptors EI9”

In “G-protein Coupled Receptors EI9”, Romero captured the formal structure of a membrane receptor through art. Inspired by an article he read during his early morning routine, Romero decided to recreate the diagram of the G-protein. Humans have over 1,000 different types of G-protein Coupled Receptors (GPCR), each specific to a particular function. GPCRs can regulate things such as the immune system and bodily stress. 

When Romero looked at the illustration of GPCR, he saw a way to represent the membrane receptor in an artistic fashion. So he used patterns that repeat over and over again to create his artwork. He also dove into his work to creating movement by angling the receptors to create a wormhole effect. 


How Romero captured science in his work
Though Romero is known for being an avant-garde artist, he was able to express his creative technical skill with an engaging piece of work. “G-protein Coupled Receptors EI9” is refreshing for connecting science and art.

Even Romero’s earlier pieces like his collaborative works with Australian artist, Maggie Beresford, focused on nature, though he painted flowers. When Romero saw those receptors, he began to draw them from the inside out. Because “G-protein Coupled Receptors EI9” is multidimensional, the final product is abstract. The value of merging science and art allows for Romero to explore what he learned in his Biology course using a method he understands.

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