223 N Guadalupe St. #274
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Olympia (Compote) 2010 Earthenware 7 1/4 x 15 x 12 1/2 inches
Diego Romero (Born 1964) is a contemporary Native Artist, His career has been fast and furious but it now climbs to even greater heights. Romero will be featured on the next Craft in America on PBS. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) has honored Diego and Mateo Romero (aka The Chongo Brothers) as the 2019 recipients of the Native Treasures Living Treasures award, acknowledging Native American artists who have made outstanding artistic contributions to the field of indigenous arts and culture. Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Diego returned to their father’s ancestral home of Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico, as a young adult. MIAC comments that “Drawn in by the narrative graphics of Diego’s pottery vessels or the evocative surfaces of Mateo’s paintings, we may find ourselves laughing despite ourselves or feeling as though we are the ones on the inside of a spectacular joke or insight”. This lot is humorous, a bowl of unusual shape (a Roman Compote) featuring Olympia, the Goddess of Beauty. Roman and Greek legends are a fascination for the artist. As Diego related in a recent interview, “To bring a dark narrative to the surface, you have to have a high level of craft to draw people in and a humorous twist so people can relate to it. Because in the end, humor is medicine. So, it is actually a way of healing an issue.”
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