Romero, Mateo – “El Pedernal” Oil on Canvas (48″w x 48″)
Stunning! This is a masterful large painting by Mateo Romero. He is from Cochiti Pueblo and is the brother of noted potter Diego Romero. Mateo is known for his oil paintings on canvas. His recent series focuses on the landscapes of the Southwest and the Pueblos. They are painted with depth and striking coloration. This painting is entitled “El Pedernal”, which is the Abique area (Aveah Tsugeh) in Northern New Mexico. It is from 2020 and it has a wrapped canvas.
“These paintings reflect a pattern of evolution and change. The images are powerful, imposing, juxtaposed with swirling gestural paint marks and drips. Timeless, archaic elements of Pueblo culture are juxtaposed with contemporary abstract expressionist palette knife and brush work. Overall, the paintings develop a rhythmic, hypnotic, trancelike feeling which is referential to the metaphysical space of the Pueblo and the region.” Mateo Romero