Early Life and Later Life
Romare’s nickname was Romie.
He spent most of his time at his Great Grandparents’ house.
He was named Fred Romare Howard Bearden.
He visited a lot of Native American lands.
He was a light-skinned African American with curly blond hair.
He didn’t have siblings.
His Great Grandparents were born into slavery (he was born around the time slavery was ending).
He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in September, 1911.
- His dad spent a night in jail for saying he was from “Up North”.
He and his wife, Nanette met at a party-it was kind of love at 1st sight.
He and Nanette built a small house with a studio for Romare’s art.
He dropped the name Fred so his name was Romare Howard Bearden.
He never had kids, though his pets were kind of like his kids.
- He got the National Medal of Arts presented to him by President Ronald Reagan, himself.
Style and Medium
Romare’s style was very bold and colorful and definitely abstract.
For collages he would use cloths, pieces of African masks, catalogs, magazine cut outs, and sometimes, thin strips of wood.
Gouache and watercolor were usually what he used for his paintings.
He also used a lot of oil paint.
- He also used felt and wallpaper on his collages.