Romi Flowers (Born Romi Geldenhuys in 1992) is a self-taught contemporary multimedia, figurative and abstract painter from Cape Town. Growing up, Flowers always had a natural affinity for the arts, from drama, and music, to several various forms of dance, and art mediums. In 2008, she began taking art classes at the formally known art school, Frank Joubert and was placed in the drawing class. After graduating high school in 2010, Flowers went on to study Fashion Design At CPUT, Cape Town, where she received her diploma in 2015.
In 2017 she adopted the pseudonym, Romi Flowers, as her artistic channel, from Ramona Flowers, a character in her favourite graphic novel series, Scott Pilgrim. She connected with the characters ideals and way of thinking, as well as having certain identical physical aspects such as their hair.
Romi Flowers expresses her double edged sword view of reality through a brightly contrasted genre of portraiture, where she deals with the concepts of social issues that are troubling our young. Flowers uses her art as a way to communicate those social issues deemed difficult to speak about (like beauty stereotypes, abuse, rape, gender, and mental health awareness) by applying a filter of flowers and playful colour combinations.
‘’You don’t have to be a genius to be an artist or to understand it or to love it, but an artist can be a genius. The answer to Art lies in the art itself. You just have open your heart, and close your ‘eyes’. Art is a matter of opinion, and every individual has their own. I can’t give you All the answers, there are somethings words have no value explaining what imagery can entice. Tell me how you see it.” – R.F.