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.

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