Virginia Maria Romero is a visionary artist with works in public and museum permanent collections, as well as numerous private collections throughout the United States and abroad. Romero’s biographical artist profile is included on the New Mexico Office of the State Historian website: www.newmexicohistory.org. In 2013 Romero was recognized as a distinguished Artist and Poet by the American Council for Polish Culture.
Romero is one of a handful of “Anglos” to be counted among the santero artists of the American Southwest with works inspired by the culture of New Mexico and her Polish/Irish heritage that are just as strongly driven by her own experiences, setting her works apart from others. Romero’s art speaks a language unlike any other…it is a language of the heart, of the soul, of life… Romero has taken an ancient art form and redefined it, reinvented it, and made it her own.
Romero’s works have been selected for collections that include: Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM; El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM; New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, Las Cruces, NM; The Friars of the Sick Poor of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; San Miguel Mission, Santa Fe, NM; Basilica of San Albino, Mesilla, NM; Pope Benedict XVI, Vatican City, Rome; Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine and Parish, Mesilla Park, NM; Maria Stein Heritage Museum/National Marian Shrine of the Holy Relics, Maria Stein, OH; Holy Cross Retreat Center, Mesilla Park, NM; and others.
“As an artist who is deeply concerned about protecting wildlife, I strive to make sure that my art helps to educate and motivate people to protect nature. A catalyst for meaningful change, the power of art lies in its ability to transcend and inspire and to guide us past established realities and prevailing ideologies.”