Renato Grome is a British photographic artist, born in Rome in 1954.

Lives in Rome and Stockholm. 

“I look at the world surrounding me with an out-of-body-vision, as though my eyes are outside their sockets, outside of my head, with a 360º vision.”

Grome is internationally known for his intensive flower photographs produced through his fully analogue technique using positive film and RA4 hand-printing, attaining a reversal of reality. The positive is the negative. This inverse technique creates surreal intense colours making iconic images both seductive and darkly disquieting.

Renato Grome likes to create a device specifically to carry forward his visual story, this can be a custom built technical rig or a small set, these are deeply interconnected with telling the story, and is their sole mechanical purpose. Grome varies his photography techniques from film, pin-hole cameras, high-res digital format, low-res digital format, and custom-made lenses.

Renato Grome has exhibited in private galleries and public art institutions in Bologna, Boston, Melbourne, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo and Trieste.

Renato Grome trained as a fine art restorer in Rome, working on masterpieces by Caravaggio and Raphael, as well as such 20th Century Italian artists as Corrado Cagli, Mario Schifano and Renato Guttuso. It was while working at Studio Donnini that Grome encountered the portrait of Saint Lucy which was seminal to his future work, and strongly influenced his visual language. His artistic passion began early. At the age of 11, he began experimenting with photography. He worked for many years based in Stockholm, shooting portraiture, travel, editorial and high-end advertising portfolios, collecting professional awards along the way, and later in Sydney and Melbourne, always working with his obsession of fine art photography.

Grome is British, born in Rome, raised both in Rome and in London, amongst influential artists, writers, filmmakers and musicians. His father, John Grome, was a painter, shaer a studio with Mervyn Peake in Chelsea, and Renato Grome was named after his Sicilian godfather, the Italian realist painter Renato Guttuso.

Renato Grome has exhibited in private galleries and public art institutions in Bologna, Boston, Istanbul, Melbourne, Milan, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, Trieste and Verona.



In Renato Grome, born in Rome of British parents the day the Bikini explosion rocked the world, mingles the blood of artists and writers- his father, a painter descended from British aristocrats and the chaotic genius Sheridan, his midwife mother of British farmer roots. 

He was named for his godfather, the Sicilian painter Renato Guttuso, reared among influential musicians and artists, he discovers the magic powers of photography early. Sent to school in cold grey England this rebellious boy, well whipped by his masters, escaped in his suit of crushed raspberry velvet to the sex and drugs and rock and roll mayhem of the ’60s London, and taken under the wing of the late Alexis Korner. 

From there he was first apprenticed in Rome as a fine art restorer, scraping and cleaning Caravaggios and Raphaels, fascinated by the world of allegory and symbol revealed to him, thence to Paris in the grip of student revolution and on to Stockholm where free love and high-minded socialism reigned, he worked as a fashion model and furthered his understanding photography assisting François Gillet. 

His career expanded and blossomed in a place where he felt at ease and where he fathered the lovely Melody, always the joy of his life. Sometimes a raver, always a rover, he based himself in Stockholm, setting up a studio there and working with camera and wayward searching eye in film and video, beaming his creativity on projects both commercial and purely aesthetic.

Perpetually searching new horizons, in the mid ‘90s he moves to Sydney, where stunning nature, sunshine and sea and new freedom from the shibboleths of old European culture, brought forth a fresh tide of new work and building on beginnings in Stockholm, he held several shows of work which imagination and technical understandings are fused with a wild and beautiful surrealism. 

Renato has used a camera all his working life, knows well the rich diversity of its possibilities, and in his long dalliance with the mystery of light, spiller of the life force, creates images beyond the merely arresting, memorable, erotic and electric. He cultivates a garden where a new flora flourishes, familiar yet drenched in light and aflame with colour, metamorphosed. These are not pictures of flowers in the botanical sense. Enigmatic and surprising, playing with the ambiguity of the magic medium of ‘truth’, photography.

Christopher Gibbs, mentor to Renato Grome, is Trustee of The Edward James Foundation, prominent London antiquarian, writer and co-Art directed cult films Performance and Blow Up.