Media References to VMR Artwork
Reviews and Quotes
“you, my friend are one of New Mexico's treasures...your art captures the essence of the Land of Enchantment..." Ilija Lukic
“Absolutely beautiful work. I have as yet to have met an artist that I have liked everything that I have seen by them but you are the one. Very moving and inspiring work. Wish I could fly into this airport just to see your work.” Rachel Burnham
"You have a contemporary aesthetic
that makes the old saints come alive again. You connect
them to the earth and to the animals who inhabit it,
particularly in the southwest. You also connect them to
the indigenous peoples of the area....linking the old world
with the new world.....16th century to the 21st
century....bridging five centuries of the art of the
saints. A new santera incorporating the cosmos." Joyce
Leverett, former art gallery owner/art collector
“It (New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Wolf Stamp) came today and is very beautiful! No one can capture the soul of a wolf with a paintbrush like Virginia Maria Romero. It is a little over 4" x 3", but very dramatic - a litle jewel" Susan Womack Miller.
“(Virginia Maria Romero) is many things. She is part naturalist, part storyteller, part searcher and... creative genius," Nathan Small, Wilderness Protection Coordinator for New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, and a Las Cruces city councilor.
“My prayers for you, your family and my gratitude for the gift you so freely give in bringing the sacred to life... May we be ever ready to tell them the reason for our hope, I remain,” Bro. Richard Hirbe, fsp Founder – Minister General Friars of the Sick Poor of Los Angeles.
"Virginia Romero’s art has been described as “visionary”. She has taken an ancient art form and redefined it, reinvented it, and made it her own. Having been self-taught, her works of art emanate from the soul, from that whisper within which exists inside every one of us, but which only the artist can hear clearly and then express it in some form of art." Luis Cruz, Las Cruces writer, philosopher.
“Something about the eyes draws me to your work, it gives me chills. I’m in awe of your work, I love all of it. It is so beautiful…” Diane Ott, art patron.
"I mentioned you would be the most knowledgeable and gifted artist to talk about the art form (retablos)" Irene Oliver-Lewis, Executive Artistic Producer/Founder, Alma d'arte
"She is truly a devotional artist employing the traditional Spanish Colonial materials and methods in her works. She continues in her endeavors to follow traditional guidelines while at the same time putting her own very distinctive art print on her creations.” Donald F. Toomey, Author of "The Spell of California's Spanish Colonial Missions".
"I think you will find the art of Virginia Maria Romero to be unique, of superior quality, and beautiful expressions of spiritual imagery.” Toni Laumbach, Chief Curator, Director of Museum Programs, New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.
“I wanted to officially thank you for the opportunity to exhibit your work at Chamizal National Memorial. Your show was well received and fit perfectly with our park's mission of promoting cultural awareness and understanding between people of all cultures. From both the public and area artists comments received on your work were all the same positive and wonderful! It was said by more than one person that your work captured the true feeling of religious art originating in Eastern Europe, and your wolf piece had a Native American feel. Your work was very well liked and one of the best exhibits we've had in some time. From your professional artwork to your professional style of business, it was a joy working with you. I know that you'll have even greater success in the future and hope that the National Park Service will once again have the opportunity to exhibit your work. Please feel free to share my comments with other museums or galleries that may be considering an exhibition of your work. I personally recommend your work and know that any gallery exhibiting your art will be as impressed as I have been. You're one of the best!" Michael Groomer, Chief of Interpretation, Education, and Arts, Chamizal National Memorial.
““Retablo, Metamorphosis, Vision" shows the stylistic evolution of this popular regional artist. The opening in April was a smashing success. This is also going to be an unforgettable show for volunteers and staff." - Megan Walker, Exhibits Designer, New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.
“Her studies of The Crucified Christ are among the best contemporary renderings of this traditional genre of spanish folk art, taking conventional penitential imagery in expressive new directions…” John Kohan, sacred art collector. Sacred Art Pilgrim