Diego Romero is a potter living and working in Santa Fe, NM and a member of the Cochiti Pueblo tribe. He makes art that transcends his Native American heritage by combining traditional materials, techniques and forms of ancient Mimbres, Anasazi and Greek pottery with comic book inspired imagery, to talk about contemporary issues. Romero is a self-proclaimed “chronologist on the absurdity of human nature,” whose comic narratives often venture into taboo areas of politics, environment, racism, alcoholism, love, life, and loss. His trademark Chongo Brothers connect his work to Pop Art, inviting the viewer look at Native Indian pottery in a new way. He is married to photographer Cara Romero.
Romero has studied under distinguished pottery masters Otellie Loloma at the Institute of American Indian Art, Santa Fe, NM, Ralph Bacerra at Otis/Parsons Institute, Los Angeles, CA, and Adrian Saxe in an MFA program at UCLA, CA.
His lively and thought-provoking work has reached across the US and Europe through numerous exhibitions and significant museum collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, the Fondation Cartier, FR, the Peabody Essex Museum, MA, the Heard Museum, AZ, the British Museum, UK, the National Museum of Scotland, UK and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA. A retrospective “Diego Romero Vs. The End of Art” will be shown at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, NM from October 2019 until April 2020. His work is represented by Shiprock Santa Fe gallery, NM.