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Romain de Plas

Romain de Plas was born in Paris in 1971, and lived there until his family moved to New York City in 1980. He studied liberal arts at Brown University and painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he received his bachelor of fine arts degree in 1998. He lived and worked in New York, with regular extended returns to Paris, for the rest of his life.

When de Plas was seven years old, he suffered a devastating sledding accident resulting in extensive injuries to his face and skull, which required reconstructive surgeries at regular intervals over the next 25 years. It is against this background that he developed as an artist.

At the time of his accidental death in September 2002, de Plas had completed nine of eleven planned paintings of the World Trade Center. This final body of work extended de Plas's previous artistic explorations of his interior and exterior environments. These remarkable pictures were exhibited for the first time at the Museum of the City of New York in the fall of 2011, in conjunction with the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

A monograph of paintings, Romain de Plas, was published by McCall Associates in fall 2011.

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