Queer Icons.

Gabriel García Román

Bryant St @ 24th St in San Francisco, CA

This is the current digital outside Galerie de la Raza. 

“In Queer Icons, Gabriel García Román’s most recent body of work, he seeks to aggrandize the image of many in the Queer/Trans communities of Color through a personal and introspective series of photographic and mixed-media works. The subjects in the series are drawn from many facets of the gender and queer spectrum, and these images give visibility to a population that’s generally under-represented in the art world.

Finding inspiration in portraiture styles of Renaissance, Flemish and Christian Orthodox paintings, the series aims to elevate these multi-dimensional, powerful and proud contemporary figures. Applying a chine-collé technique to the photogravure process, the artist transmutes his subjects into icons, dovetailing textured collage and photography into one-of-a-kind prints. Though the depth of light in the prints gets flattened in the process, this repositions the portrayed “outsiders” as central to the narrative, just like saints—figures that are inherently worthy of attention, emulation, and storytelling.”

This is a quote from Galeria de la Raza website. See other murals they have curated and read about the board.

Dr. Dain Tasker- Lily, 286x210mm, Photogravure. 1936- Printed 1937.

In the 1920s, light, and in particular the exploration of light through technological and scientific innovations, bridged the distance between artists and scientists. New inventions such as the X-Ray for medical uses in 1925 (previously x-ray machines were astronomically expensive and only available in few government facilities) led to new medium for artistic expression. 


In the early 1930’s, one such scientist, Dr. Dain L. Tasker (American, 1872-1964), pioneered the use of x-rays as art, creating beautiful images of flowers. Dr. Tasker’s X-rayography, or rayography as it became known, composes his images poetically by positioning the flowers or shells in ways that tell a story.


The following images are a collaboration between myself and a QTPOC poet/spoken word artist.  I took their portrait and gave them a packet that included a copy of their portrait, a sharpie and tracing paper and asked them to hand write some of their work around their portrait.  The text was completely up to them.  

I took that tracing paper, created a screen and screen printed that around the one of a kind print.  Julissa is the first of many to come.

Julissa. 2014, From the series Queer Icons, Photogravure w/ Chine-Colle and silkscreen, 11x14, image size 8x10. Gabriel Garcia Roman