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René Romero Schuler

René Romero Schuler’s Lake Forest home is filled with contemporary art, including many of her own works.

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By Laura Hine

Portrait by Katrina Wittkamp

01.04.17

Artist René Romero Schuler moves fluently from creating public murals to intimate luxury-building commissions.

The day we met, the artist René Romero Schuler should have been prepping for the TEDx panel she was speaking on in a few short days, but within minutes of starting our interview, it was clear that Romero Schuler and the topic, The Curated Life, were made for each other. The Lake Forest resident looks like someone whose life has always been curated, perhaps with a posh start and an easy transition into the artistic life. But Romero Schuler’s art comes from a turbulent past, including fleeing a difficult childhood to strike out on her own at the age of 14, and taking years to grow her artistic style and following. “My past is an important part of who I am and what I bring to my art,” she says. “I want to convey real purpose so anyone can look and find a bit of themselves, and see the beauty in the palette knife marks and imperfections.”