Mon, Jul 3, 2017 10:00AM EDT - Fri, Jul 21, 2017 12:30PM EDT
Santa Fe | Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico
Earth Goddess at Delphi, 2010. Earthware, slip over glaze. 14" Diameter. Value $6,500. Anonymous Donor. Photo courtesy of Addison Doty.
Diego Romero, b. 1964, Berkley, CA, lives in Cochiti Pueblo, NM understands duality. His father is a Cochiti Pueblo Indian and his mother is Anglo. He first studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe; then with Ralph Becerra at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and Adrian Saxe at the University of California. At UCLA he was making Native pots with Anasazi decoration painted in gold. He felt he was taking a brave step by doing traditional designs in gold, something that was unheard of in Native Pottery, but Saxe informed him that unless he did something more adventurous he would be denied his Master's degree. It was at this point that Romero began to paint his pots with images drawn from ancient Greek vessels and other cultures whose heroes and values matched those of the Native American.