Romuald Rudzki was born in 1957 in Wellington and is the founder of two art movements: Farbism and Prealism. Rom was taught by the English artist Chris Welsh between 1969-1976. He received the Financial Times’ David Thomas Award in 1996 and obtained his PhD in 1998. Rom lives on a lifestyle block in the foothills of the Tararua Ranges in New Zealand with his wife Alison and a menagerie of domesticated and wild animals. He works from two studios at home – an outside Summer studio and an indoor Winter studio. Rom’s paintings are in both the traditional figurative style as well as the Prealist method which requires kenosis (emptying of the artist’s will) in order to allow those elements of art that exist before (‘Pre’) the artist (such as type of paint, type of surface, gravity and temperature) to create new work through the medium of the artist. A defining feature of Prealism is that no two people will see the same painting in the same way, as each person will view the painting based upon what Rom describes as their own ‘vocabulary of experience’ which includes the ‘found images’ within the painting.
Rom is an artist member of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Art (NZAFA) and of the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA).