Brian Romagnoli is a leading Canadian Historical
Artist, Designer, and Muralist.
Born in St.Catharines, Ontario (near Niagara Falls),
Brian was raised in the nearby picturesque town of
Lincoln in the heart of Niagara's fruit and wine country.
Testimony to his family's more than a century-long
tradition of farming, trades, and professions is Brian's
positive attitude, work ethic, and resourcefulness when
approaching any new project.
A graduate of both the Ontario College of Art & Design University in Toronto
and the University of Guelph, Brian continued with post-graduate Renaissance
studies at the British Institute of Florence, Italy. In the years following, his
career would follow some very diverse paths of experience including graphic
design & advertising ; publishing & promotion ; architectural rendering ; historic
building restoration consulting ; medical illustration ; archival research ; museum
conservation & display ; history writing ; teaching ; public speaking ; portraiture ;
heraldry ; historical art, & murals.
After exhibiting widely throughout Canada, Brian became the first Canadian artist
to be commissioned by Royal Copenhagen of Denmark to design a series of
Christmas collector plates in 1990-91. For Canada's 125th birthday in 1992, he
painted an innovative portable mural entitled "From Sea Unto Sea" which became
widely endorsed as a heritage primer, with its hundreds of illustrated images of
Canada's history spread over the map of Canada. Perhaps the most memorable
moment in Brian's career to date was the 1997 presentation of his historic mural
painting "500 Years of Royal Canada" to H.M. Queen Elizabeth II in a
private ceremony at Her Majesty's official Canadian residence, Rideau Hall in Ottawa.
Over the past 25 years, Brian has designed & painted over 45 large-scale murals
across Canada, and more recently in California, U.S.A. These murals have made a
significant impact on Education, Tourism, and Economic Development, and have
helped to define the visual history of several Communities and Corporations. Some
reach exterior heights of 50' high or 100' wide, while others are tailored for interior
lobbies or board room offices. Clients and sponsors have ranged from cities, towns,
businesses, and major corporations, each with their own individual story to tell.
Concurrent with his professional life, Brian has over the years accepted several
leadership and supporting roles in the local heritage community of Niagara, including
being Past Chairman of the Niagara Regional Architectural Heritage Association,
(1993-96), Charter Member (1989) and Past Chairman (1992-2006) of the Lincoln
Heritage Committee, and a Board Member (1985-1995) and Past Chairman (1991-
1993) of the Jordan Historical Museum Board of Trustees. Also in his hometown,
he became a Charter Member of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce (1985), and
Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Lincoln in 1996. Participating in its
innaugaural meeting at the University of Guelph, Brian was a Charter Member of
Community Heritage Ontario in 1990. From 1990 to 1993, Brian served on the
Alumnus Editorial Advisory Board of the University of Guelph. In 1995-96, he
participated as a Charter Member of the Niagara Gateway Project Steering
Committee which lead to the Bi-National Gateway Expo and Doors Open Niagara
and Western New York. Expressing his loyalty to Queen & Country, Brian became a
Charter Member of the Niagara branch of the Monarchist League of Canada 1n 1996.
More recently, he has served as a volunteer board member of the Niagara Heritage
Alliance, based in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
On recommendation of the Toronto-based Canadian Royal Heritage Trust, Brian
became a recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002. In the same year,
he received the Award of Excellence in the Arts from the Canadian Italian Business
& Professional Association (CIBPA Niagara). In 2006, Brian was awarded a Rotary
International Paul Harris Fellowship, and was made an Honorary Member by the
Rotary Club of Essex, Ontario. Twice, he has received a Good Citizen Award from the
Town of Lincoln, ON, and has been the recipient of Ontario Volunteer Service Awards
for 5, 10, 15, and 20 years. Over the course of time, the trust Brian has cultivated
among patrons and the public has permitted him opportunities of regional, national,
and international scale.