Oriol Vaz-Romero

Oriol Vaz-Romero

PhD in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona and European Doctor in Education Sciences from the Sorbonne (Université Paris-XIII). He received the special degree prize for his painting and scenography work between 2001-2006 and special doctorate prize for his research on toys in art and the history of Western thought (2013).


Taught at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona from 2007 to 2011. He taught Urban Scenography courses at the Architecture school of the International University of Catalonia (2011-2012). Currently, he is a guest professor for the Master's in Artistic Creation: Realisms and Surroundings (University of Barcelona) and professor of Illustration Theory, History and Criticism at EINA.

Professional experience / research

Passionately interested in childhood and play, he was a pre-doctoral researcher of the EXPERICE (UFR-Lettres, Sciences de l’Homme et des Sociétés, Univ. Paris-XIII) Laboratory. He explored the history and semiotics of the toy as a recipient of the Western cultural imagination, whilst keeping in mind other aspects of children's material culture, such as illustration and picture books, and children's bedrooms and furniture. Deriving from these fundamental studies, he dedicated special attention to the representation of childhood in art history. He has been a member of the research project The human face: identity and resemblance, financed by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, since 2012. Meanwhile, he is a permanent researcher at the Bosch i Gimpera Foundation (University of Barcelona), developing artistic and academic skills through two research and development projects: The Face as an Identity Paradigm, Between Art and Science, and Facial Expressions: Aristotelian Physiognomy in Representations of the Passions of Le Brun. He was also a member of the group for emerging research of the Generalitat de Catalunya: Rsearch_Sibyl: Gender Creativity and Visual Culture, headquartered at ESARQ (International University of Catalonia).


(Only the five most recent are listed)

  • “La chambre d’enfant, un espace magique ? Une approche de l’imaginaire des illustrateurs espagnols (1874-1986)” [A Child's Bedroom, a Magical Space? Approaching the Imagination of Spanish Illustrators (1874.1986)], in: The child’s room as a cultural microcosm. Space, Consumption and Pedagogy. Rouen, Musée National de l’Éducation (Abril de 2013).
  • “Métamorphoses de la chambre d’enfant dans l’imaginaire des artistes espagnols (1775-1936)” [Metamorphosis of the Child's Bedroom in the Imagination of Spanish Artists (1775-1936)], in: Strenae : Recherche sur les livres et objets culturels de l’enfance Nº4 (Noviembre de 2012). París, Centre National de Littérature pour la Jeunesse, p. 1-20.
  • Alfons Puigarnau & Oriol Vaz, “Lucía Moholy-Nagy. Cartas cruzadas en el entorno del GATPAC” [Lucía Moholy-Nagy: Crossed Letters at GATPAC] in: RA. Revista de Arquitectura Nº14 (June 2012), Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Navarra, p. 29-36.
  • Caminos del Pintor. De los lenguajes del arte al proceso creativo. [The Painter's Way: The Languages of Art and the Creative Process] Barcelona, Center for the Studies of Public and Environmental Sculpture, 2010.
  •  “Els orígens de la joguina de Nadal” [The Origins of the Christmas Toy] in: Serra d’Or Nº600 (Diciembre de 2009). Barcelona, Publications of the Monastery of Montserrat, p. 71-74.


A painter and sculpture by training, Vaz-Romero has participated in various exhibitions and has bequeathed some of his works to collections such as the EINA Foundation and the Generalitat de Catalunya. He remains true to his more experimental side, working with new artistic formats. His watercolours of "postmodern icons", "geo-sculptures" of rounded boulders and organic woods, as well as his series of toys and "a-historic" automatons constitute the beginning of an inconclusive artistic experiment that aims to illuminate a difficult cultural moment.


  • Upcoming: Veritatis Splendor. Recuerdos de Bizancio [Veritatis Splendor: Memories of Byzantium]. Galería Jordi Pascual. Barcelona.
  • 2011: Silencis. 1ª Mostra d’Art. [Silences: First Sample of Art] International University of Catalonia.
  • 2009: Templ[es]. Templo romano de Vic [Templ(es): The Roman Temple of Vic]. Patronat d’Estudis Osonencs.
  • 2007: Creatures. Espai Barra de Ferro. Fundació EINA.
  • 2006: Sense Títol. [Untitled] Faculty of Fine Arts. University of Barcelona.
  • 2004: XV Fira del Dibuix. [XV Drawing Fair] Galería Taüll, Barcelona.
  • 2003: Desde la organomorfosis a la mecanología. [From organomorphosis to Mechanology]. Festival BAC2004! Barcelona Art Contemporani. Centre d’Art Santa Mònica.
  • 2003: Fantasías de 1998 a 2002 [Fantasies, from 1998 to 2002] Espai Vaho, Barcelona