Romon K. Yang aka Rostarr is an abstract painter, calligrapher and filmmaker living and working in Brooklyn, New York. In 1994, he graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a focus in experimental graphic design, typography and printmaking. After graduating, he developed his reputation as an artist capable of producing both fine art and graphic design, and as a creative innovator, uniquely adept at blurring the lines of these divergent fields. For the past two decades, he has built an extensive oeuvre of abstract polymorphic paintings, totemic iconographic characters and mostly monotone calligraphic artworks. Always creating in a freeform and spontaneous manner, he is continually striving to find freedom within style, medium and form, while building upon the visual language he terms “Graphysics”, a word that exemplifies the energy and dynamism characteristic in his work. Rostarr is also a founding member of the art collective Barnstormers, established in 1999.
In 2000, he was named one of I.D. magazine’s “I.D. 40 under 30”, and recognized as an honoree at the 2004 A.I.C.P show held at the MOMA for his contribution to a celebrated Nike campaign. In 2010, his 45-minute motion painting film with Soundwalk, entitled “Kill The Ego” was shown at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, Fondation Vasarely in France and at the 2010 Venice Short Film Festival. His contributions to the esteemed “Beautiful Losers” show have toured extensively, with showings at both museums and contemporary art centers worldwide. His artwork has been reviewed in Artforum, Modern Painters, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and Libération—among other notable publications. A true citizen of the world, he has produced solo exhibitions in Tokyo, Paris, Milan, New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Puerto Rico, and has participated in group shows on both the national and international levels.