Raised in Berkeley, California, Diego Romero is a third-generation Cochiti Pueblo artist who specializes in pottery (he also well-versed in printmaking).One of his collaborators in pottery was Navajo – Hopi ceramicist Nathan Begaye (1958 – 2010).
After attending art school in California, Romero attended the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe. After one year at IAIA, he enrolled at Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles, where he earned his BFA degree. He later studied at University of California, Los Angeles, where he received his MFA in 1993.
Romero’s pottery combine Cochiti Pueblo ceramics with his love of comic books, superheroes, mythology, and pop culture. He honors his Cochiti culture and his ancestors’ method of coiling clay while expanding the tradition with various painting treatments. He draws inspiration from prehistoric Ancestral Pueblo and Mimbres ceramics, Greek vessels, and pop culture. The narratives found in Romero’s work are often mixed with humor and social commentary that communicate messages about contemporary Native American life, including controversial issues related to Native politics, history, identity, war, and alcoholism.
A collection of his work toured Europe in 2006. He is represented by galleries in New York and Santa Fe, including Robert Nichols Gallery.