Marie Romero Cash: A New Mexico Santera’s works on canvas

Peyton Wright Gallery is pleased to present new works by renowned New Mexico santera Marie Romero Cash, in the first showing of her abstract paintings on canvas.

The exhibition  – concurrent with the Clemmer Collection exhibition of historic New Mexico prints – opens Friday, July 5th, 2024 (with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.), continuing through Monday, September 30.

Marie Romero Cash has been creating art for half a century. Primarily recognized for her traditional New Mexican art, this exhibition presents for the first time to the public a series of acrylic paintings begun over a decade ago when a sibling was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Because of the time involved in his care, she felt unable to create the traditional art she was known for.

To fill her creative needs, she turned to painting on canvas –  a previously unexplored medium.

The resulting paintings flowed from a source she describes as otherworldly, imprinting colorful and intricate symbols on each canvas. Every work is imbued with a sense of reverence and a celebration of the enduring power of artistic expression.

These are the prayerful and fanciful doodles of an established santera, filled with folklorish themes which leave their interpretation to the viewer.

Marie Romero Cash is a well-known award -winning folk artist and writer in Santa Fe where, she has lived most of her life. Her whimsical one-of-a-kind creations are in demand by collectors of all ages.

She is one of only five United States artists invited to participate in the 2019 International Folk Art Market and has participated in the annual Spanish Market in Santa Fe for over forty- five years.

The daughter of prominent traditional tinwork artists, the late Senaida and Emilio Romero, Marie has created large altar screens for a number of churches in the United States and in Mexico, including Stations of the Cross for the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe, which have been viewed by tens of thousands of visitors.

As a writer, her early works focused on research-based books about the culture and churches of Northern New Mexico, along with a memoir about growing up in Santa Fe in the 1950s. Later she authored a mystery series based around Santa Fe; a romantic novel about the Pueblo Revolt; a children’s book; and most recently, a second memoir, “Staying Afloat.”

Her works are in the following collections: the Museum of International Folk Art;  the Gene Autry Museum of the American West; the Albuquerque Museum; the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art; the Smithsonian Institute; the Vatican; the Archdiocese of Santa Fe; the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; and many private collections.

 

 

What: Marie Romero Cash: A New Mexico santera’s works on canvas

Where: Peyton Wright Gallery, 237 East Palace Avenue, Santa Fe NM

When:   7Exhibition opening reception: Friday, July 5, 2024, 5 to 7 p.m.

             Exhibition: Friday, July 5, 2024  – Monday, September 30, 2024

             Mon- Sat 9 -5

About the Artist
Marie Romero Cash is a well-known award -winning folk artist and writer in Santa Fe where, she has lived most of her life. Her whimsical one-of-a-kind creations are in demand by collectors of all ages.

Primarily recognized for creating traditional New Mexican art for fifty years, in 2024 Cash presented for the first time to the public a series of acrylic paintings begun over a decade ago when a sibling was diagnosed with a terminal illness.

She is one of only five United States artists invited to participate in the 2019 International Folk Art Market and has participated in the annual Spanish Market in Santa Fe for over forty- five years.

The daughter of prominent traditional tinwork artists, the late Senaida and Emilio Romero, Marie has created large altar screens for a number of churches in the United States and in Mexico, including Stations of the Cross for the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe, which have been viewed by tens of thousands of visitors.

As a writer, her early works focused on research-based books about the culture and churches of Northern New Mexico, along with a memoir about growing up in Santa Fe in the 1950s.

Later she authored a mystery series based around Santa Fe; a romantic novel about the Pueblo Revolt; a children’s book; and most recently, a second memoir, “Staying Afloat.”

Her works are in the following collections: the Museum of International Folk Art; the Gene Autry Museum of the American West; the Albuquerque Museum; the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art; the Smithsonian Institute; the Vatican; the Archdiocese of Santa Fe; the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; and many private collections.