Romain Claris was born in Cannes in 1983.
After a trip to Niger in 1995 where he attended the shooting of the feature film Imûhar in the middle of the Sahara, he learnt for several years black and white and color photography. He bought his first camera by selling his collections of poems at the Bordeaux train station. He then began directing very short films in 2000 with "Infini" directed in Spain and "Real Trip" directed in New York in 2001. He worked as cameraman on "Lisbon Project" by Irish artist James Coleman, produced by Les Films d'Ici in 2004
Graduated with honours from the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français in 2005, he then joined the communication and advertising agency Claris Image Builder in Bordeaux as head of the video department and is responsible for the production of around 250 films for the luxury industry: yachting, vineyards, architecture, food.
In addition to his agency work, he continues to make personal films, short and medium-length films, selected or awarded at international film festivals.
His two minute films Life Choice and Le temps mange la voix et les mots were selected by the cultural program of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games to be part of the French selection for the World One Minute.
His poem film Painting with the dragonfly written and directed in the USA was selected by the Cinérail Festival in Paris in 2009. In 2011, the short film La robe was awarded Best Experimental Film at the Disturb Awards in Paris.
He has also directed several documentaries on designers: Bernard Varvat, sculptor on marble, Gilles Jonemann, jewel and object designer, Tomas Bagackas, fashion designer. In 2011, the artistic director Alexandre Hoffmann commissioned him to produce a 45-minute documentary carte blanche on the life of the international dance troupe United Dance Company.
In 2018, the one-minute film shot with a mobile phone Les cousins des nuages was selected by some fifty international festivals and won five prizes, including the Award for the best philosophy in animation at the Avalonia Festival in the USA.
In 2018, he co-directed the medium-length film Voici que la nuit, a very free adaptation on Yasunari Kawabata's novel "Sleeping beauties", selected at the Forum Experimental in Los Angeles and in Belgium at the Verbeke Foundation at the Wunderground Film Festival and received the Award for the best experimental medium-length film at the Five Continent International Film Festival.
In 2019 he participated by directing the very short film Ici commence for "Un trésor à la carte" initiated by the Watever NGO: a private auction at the Lafayette Anticipation Foundation in Paris, the profits of which were donated to the sea rescue actors. The film is then selected in Madrid by the EuropeNow festival and in Bilbao at the Bideodromo International Experimental Film Festival.
He also signed several photography and video exhibitions with the photographer Nicolas Claris, including Bangladesh in 2013, Trois châteaux en hiver in 2014, Bateaux, Châteaux, Gâteaux in 2016, Rouge in 2017, Noirs in 2018. Their latest exhibition Un peu de rouge, pourtant. is currently on display at the Seeko'o cultural centre in Bordeaux until early January 2020.
Under development, "Les comptes de la lune" a short film project that intends to offer an another story on the invention of numbers and calculation that takes place between -20,000 and -12,000 years. A creative documentary to be co-directed with Jacques Dubuisson.