This exhibit will feature 34 original works by Virginia Maria Romero. In 2013 Romero was awarded a certificate as a distinguished artist/poet from the American Council for Polish Culure, and is one of a handful of “Anglos” to be counted among the santera (saint-maker) artists of the American Southwest. Romero is also a “green” artist, who has made reverence for nature an important theme in her pigmented wood panels, and sculpture, as well as her mixed media and acrylics. Romero's artist profile, as an important New Mexico artist, written by the New Mexico State Historian can be viewed on the New Mexico Office of the State Historian website, under: women, occupations, and biographies:http://www.newmexicohistory.org/filedetails_docs.php?fileID=24909. Artist review written by John Alan Kohan/Sacred Art Pilgrim: http://sacredartpilgrim.com/collection/view/43. A more complete review of Romero's work will soon be included on the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Museum website: http://www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org/current.php?event_id=368
Romero is an award winning artist whose works reflect original contemporary designs that express the distinctive voice of their creator. The style, color and compositions of her acrylics as well as her pigmented wood panels and sculpture continue to exhibit her uniqueness and creative quality. Romero’s works inspired by the culture of New Mexico and her Polish/Irish heritage are just as strongly driven by her own experiences, setting her works apart from others of similar genres. Romero’s panel paintings, and sculpture are done using carved and/or adzed pine panels, homemade gesso, water-soluble pigment, hand collected ground pigments as available including; ochre, cochineal, black walnut, and sealed with homemade piñon sap varnish, & wax. “Romero has taken an ancient art form and redefined it, reinvented it, and made it her own.” “Virginia Maria Romero’s art speaks a language unlike any other…it is a language of the heart, of the soul, of life...”
Romero’s artwork has been selected for collections that include: Pope Benedict XVI, and Cardinal Levada, Vatican City, Rome; Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM; El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM; New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, Las Cruces, NM; Basilica of San Albino, Mesilla, NM; San Miguel Mission, Santa Fe, NM; Maria Stein Heritage Museum/National Marian Shrine of the Holy Relics, Maria Stein, OH; Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine and Parish, Mesilla Park, NM; Holy Cross Retreat, Las Cruces, NM; St. Francis Jerome Church, Center, CO; The Friars of the Sick Poor of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; Santa Francesca Romana, Rome; Basilica di San Miniato al Monte, Florence, Italy; Monte Olivito Maggiore; Virgin Galactic; New Mexico Centennial Commemorative artist, Santa Fe, NM.