Allegories of Transformation: Diego Romero


Diego Romero is a third generation Cochiti Pueblo artist who specializes in pottery as well as printmaking. After art school in California, he attended the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe. After one year at AIAI, he enrolled at the Otis Parsons School of Design, LA, where he earned a BFA. He went on to earn an MFA from the University of California, LA.

Diego’s pots marry Cochiti Pueblo ceramics with his love of comic books, superheroes, mythology, and pop culture. He honors his Cochiti worldview and his ancestors’ method of coiling clay but expands the tradition with imagery and painting treatments. He draws on prehistoric Ancestral Pueblo and Mimbres ceramics, Greek vessels, and pop culture. Diego’s narratives combine humor and, often, biting social commentary that communicate messages about contemporary Native American life, including difficult issues related to Native politics, history, identity, war, and alcoholism.

One of the early innovators in Pueblo pottery since the late 1980’s, his forms are nearly consistent, based on the Mimbres pottery of around 1100. His graphic central imagery is a “modern” version of the intricately painted bowl and are painted in a graphic art style. Diego has won numerous awards for his pottery at events such as Santa Fe Indian Market, and his pieces can be found in museums worldwide, including the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Foundation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain of Paris France, the Peabody Essex Museum of Salem Mass., the Denver Art Museum, the Heard Museum of Phoenix Arizona, the British Museum, and the Scottish National Museum. He is also featured in books such as “Free Spirit,” “NDN Art” and “Changing Hands.”

Diego is also a frequent collaborator with the print shop, Black Rock Editions, in Santa Fe, where he continues to explore themes of mythology and pop culture.

American Diastrophism by Diego Romero
American Diastrophism
30 x 27.7 inches

Apocalypto by Diego Romero
26 x 26 inches


Lest Tyranny Triumph by Diego Romero
Lest Tyranny Triumph
7.5 x 17 inches


Pueb Fiction by Diego Romero
Pueb Fiction
23.5 x 20.5 inches

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Joe Feddersen
Sonya Kelliher-Combs
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Linley Logan
Cara Romero
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Steven Yazzie