Romas Banaitis

Artist Statement

As a youth, I discovered a creative engine inside of me that was subtly powering my thoughts and actions. This energy was first kindled, as a teen, by the love of music and learning how to play musical instruments to express creativity. It has from then on, progressed into a passion for the process of making visual art and the pursuit of craftmanship. My Art teachers in High School recognized my abilities, helped me create a great portfolio and encouraged me to continue to explore art as a career option. I was lucky to be accepted into the Class of 1995 at Massachusetts College of Art where I explored, experimented and refined my skills. From: Jewelry Design to Woodworking, Metal Fabrication, Foundry, Blacksmithing, Welding, Photography, Drawing, Painting, Mold Making, Casting and Sculpture. Graduating with a BFA in Fine Arts, I have had many great opportunities to work with and for other amazing artists, artisans and craftsmen in the Boston Area. I have also enjoyed learning from my own creative pursuits, evolving from Music to Ceramics, Sculpture, Knifemaking, Wood working, Jewelry Making and Painting.

 

 
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EDUCATION
1991 – 1995   Massachusetts College of Art, Received B.F.A.  Major: Sculpture
 
 
 
WORK EXPERIENCE
2010-Present   Self-Employed Jewelry Manufacturing – specializing in Titanium Rings
                            Romas Banaitis Custom Handmade Titanium Rings
                            RomasBanaitis.com
                            LoveLifeTitanium.com
                            Fine Art Painting
                            ArtRomas.net
 
2004 – 2010      Self-Employed Carpenter Boston and Metro West
                            RJB Finish Carpentry: Woodworking and Architectural Millwork, Installation of
                            Cabinets, Kitchens, Doors and Stairs.
                            (sub-contracting for) : EWC Construction Inc. , Mercados Interiors , Shane’s Custom
                            Woodworking, Conrad and Sullivan , JHKW Co. Inc. , Dan Ritz Woodworking
                            Self Employed – Custom Knife Making, Small Metal Fabrication, Jewelry Making and
                            Folding Knife collaborations with Richter Made
 
2005                  Extreme Make Over. Medfield, MA (volunteer carpenter)
 
1998 – 2004     Boger Construction  Boston, MA
                            Commercial & Residential Carpenter, Historical Restoration.
                            Self Employed – Custom Knife Making, Small Metal Fabrication, Jewelry and Folding
                            Knife collaborations with Richter Made
 
1997 – 1998     Webster Construction    Boston, MA   Commercial Carpenter
 
1995 –  1997      JD Smith Master Blade Smith   South Boston, MA
                            Apprentice and Teachers’ assistant Massachusetts College of Art: Course in
                            Bladesmithing, Knife Construction and Damascus Steelmaking.  Visiting Artist: Intro to
                            Knifemaking
                            Kristina Kornilova – Silver Antique Restoration Apprentice
                            Self Employed – Custom Knife Making, Small Metal Fabrication and Jewelry
1995                   Archeology Inc.      Charlestown, MA. Craftsman, casting and mold making
1994                   Joe Wheelwright Sculpture, Boston, MA.  Construction
 
 
 
EXHIBITIONS/SHOWS
2008   The Distillery Open Studios.   South Boston, MA. October
2001   “Terrors and Wonders Monsters in Contemporary Art “
             DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA. Sept.
2001   East Coast Custom Knife Show. NYC
2000   East Coast Custom Knife Show. NYC
1999   East Coast Custom Knife Show. NYC
1998   East Coast Custom Knife Show. NYC
1997   “Three Configuration” Three Person Show
1997   East Coast Custom Knife Show. NYC
            FPAC Gallery. Boston, MA Jan.-Feb.
1997   “Worchester Exchange Part 2: Artists affiliated with Gallery 70 Group Show
            The Gallery at the Distillery.  Boston, MA.  Feb.-March
1996   Marlboro, MA Custom Knife Show, Connecticut Custom Knife Show,
            Rhode Island Custom Knife Show
1996   The Distillery Open Studios.   South Boston, MA. October
1996   One Person Show at the Gallery 70. Worcester, MA. May
1996   Inaugural Show. Group Show of Gallery 70 Artists. Worcester, MA. March
1995   “The Labyrinth” Group Show
            Cyclorama Boston Center for the Arts. Boston, MA
1995   The Distillery Open Studios.   South Boston, MA. October
1995   Group Show. Space Craft. Cambridge, MA.
1995   Group Show. Summer Street Gallery, Boston, MA
 
 
 
AWARDS
2000   Most Innovative Knifemaker, East Coast Custom Knife Show. NYC
1996   Best Folding Knife, Rhode Island Custom Knife Show
 
 
 
PUBLICATIONS/REVIEWS
2003   Published in the World’s Greatest Knife Book, 23rd Annual Knives 2003 Edited by Joe Kertzman p53
2002   Published in Catalog for the Art Show “Terrors and Wonders Monsters in Contemporary Art “
             DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA. Sept.
2000   Published in Blade Magazine: World’s #1 Knife Publication. September. p50
2000   Published in Knives Illustrated: The Premier Cutlery Magazine. August, Volume 14, No.4 p84
1999   Published in Knives Points of Interest Book V. Created by Jim Weyer. pgs39 &45.
1999   Published in Annual Knives “97 Edited by Ken Warner. Pg137
1998   Published in Blade Magazine: World’s #1 Knife Publication. September. p110.
1998   Published in Blade Magazine: World’s #1 Knife Publication. March. p31.
1998   Published in Art Around Boston. Autumn Edition. p42
1997   “Distillery Offers Unusual Exhibition Space”. Mary Sherman. Boston Sunday Herald. March 9th
              p47 (Gallery Group Show)
1997   “The Ghastly and the Gorgeous”. Shawn Hill. Bay Windows. Feb 6th. p30 ( Three Configuration )
1997   “Distortion and Terror to Exorcise Ourselves”. Cate McQuaid. Boston Globe. Jan 30th E3
             ( Three Configuration )
1997   Published in Blade Magazine: World’s #1 Knife Publication. November. p23
1997   Published in Tactical Knives – The Cutting Edge of Survival. January. p44
1997   Published in 17th Annual Knives ’97 Edited by Ken Warner. p130
1996   Published in Blade Magazine: World’s #1 Knife Publication. November. p42.
 
 
 

 

 

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