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.
“It is not often that you meet an artist and see her work and understand so completely its spirit and beauty. Many artists use nature as the underpinning of their work. Few can channel nature into the masses with such vibrancy and creative firepower. What many cannot understand is the courage that it takes to allow your expression, the exposure of one’s self to be on such open and honest display as Virginia does with her work. The earth is crying out for our help, we have lost close to half the species world-wide in the past forty years and it will take champions, not just from the conservation world, but from artists whose work can open eyes and make statements by their power to make people think and be awed by the genius of their creative force. In Virginia Maria Romero we have found such an artist.” “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: Sun Metro Brio Alameda Corridor, El Paso, TX; Monastery of Christ in the Desert, Abiquiu, NM; Millicent Rogers Museum, El Prado, 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.
“My impetus is on how wildlife depicted in art represents the reawakening of our human connection to the animal world. This wildlife element (including urban wildlife) is not always obvious and generally ignored but always a part of the history, geography, and culture of any demographic. My artwork highlights and brings attention and respect to wildlife, regarding the holistic view of the ecosystem of which these animals represent, and in this modern era continues to preserve.” ~VMR