Archive for September 9, 2014

Artist of the moment……..Charles Shaw


Charles Shaw was an American painter renown for his abstract paintings. Charles Shaw was born in the year 1892. His family was quite wealthy, but he was raised by his from an early age as he parents died when he was still a youngster. Shaw was a founding member of the American Abstract Artists group.


The artist attended Yale University located in New Haven, Connecticut. Shaw also studied at the Art Student’s League of New York City. He was able to study with Thomas Hart Benton and George Luks.

Shaw was not only a painter, but a great writer as well.

Charles Shaw passed away in 1974.

Shaw is part of many prominent museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Whitney Museum of Art both  located in  New York City.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 for a lithograph to $75,000 original in oils.



Artist of the moment………..Diego Romero



Diego Romero is the brother of the previous post, Mateo Romero, and an outstanding artist in his own right. Diego Romero was born in Berkeley, California in the year 1966. His father and grandmother were both artists. His grandmother was a renown ceramics artist, its obvious that he found some inspiration from her in his wonderful and unique plates.

Like his brother Mateo Romero, Diego briefly attended the Institute of American Indian Art. After a short stint at the institute Diego would go on to earn a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design based out of Los Angeles, California. The artist went on to earn a MFA from U.C.L.A.


In this clip Diego Romero talks about his working process:

With his use of cartoons and comics and earthenware, the artist has created very unique pieces of art on par with his more famous brother Mateo.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

What a great family of artisans who have been working as artists for 3 generations. Its interesting to see the similarities in styles and subject matter between the brothers. The father of the two boys was a traditional painter who enjoyed painting despite losing a hand in the Korean War.



Artist of the moment……….Mateo Romero


Mateo Romero is a contemporary Native American artist painting in a modernist style. Mateo Romeo was born in Berkeley, California in the year 1966. His father and grandmother were both artists. Romero is a painter and printmaker.

Romero attended the Institute of American Indian Arts and Dartmouth College where he earned a BFA. Romero went on to earn a MFA from the University of New Mexico.

His Indian name is translated to mean “War Shield.”

Whilst trying to achieve his MFA Romero had originally hoped to be a architect. In this clip Romero talks about his experience at Dartmouth College and why he changed his focus to printmaking:

This artist is similar to Douglas Miles for the fact he paints the Native American in modern settings that we usually don’t see in museums. I was able to see some works by Mateo Romero at the Denver Art Museum and his work stands out because of the fact from across the room you can recognize the subject matter.

I enjoy his technique of story telling and relating it to life on the modern Native American reservation. Some themes explored by Romero include gambling.

In this clip a wonderful interview with Mateo Romero explaining his creative process:

The artist also has a brother named Diego Romero, who will be an upcoming post, who is a very successful artist.

Price range information: Sorry none available.