Adrian Roman, also known as Viajero, was born in New York City of Puerto Rican descent. Throughout his travels to the Caribbean, Central America, Africa, and a number of cities across the United States, he has exposed himself to a variety of cultures that have influenced his work.
Viajero is an artist resident of the NARS Foundation in Brooklyn New York and works closely with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Disapora Institute in New York City. In 2012, he exhibited at Museo de Arte de Caguas, Puerto Rico as part of the group show AFRO-LATINOS, which was awarded Best Exhibit 2012 by International Association of Art Critics. Viajero was most recently nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant for sculpture. He has exhibited in solo and group shows in the United States and Puerto Rico.
His work draws inspiration from migration, race, and identity by exploring memories of observed and experienced events, repressed trauma, and childhood. The past is crystallized as a preserved moment in time, allowing for continual resurrection in the present.
Charcoal is the primary medium I use to draw on various supports, whether traditional paper or three-dimensional objects, which embody cultural, social, political, economic, or personal significance. The drawings evolve into sculptural installations and assemblages – transformative environments that create an interactive experience, sometimes introducing audio and aromatic elements to enhance the sensory experience.