Featured Acquisition: Marie Romero Cash, “El Nacimiento” (Nativity Scene), 1995

Marie Romero Cash

(b. 1942)

El Nacimiento, 1995

Wood, cloth, watercolor and natural pigments with stamped tin and stamped copper inserts

signed on bottom

21 x 30 x 23 inches


Elizabeth Boeckman, Santa Fe, New Mexico

One of New Mexico‚Äôs most renowned santeras, Marie Romero Cash is a well-known award-winning folk artist and writer in Santa Fe where she has lived most of her life. 

The daughter of prominent traditional tinwork artists, the late Senaida and Emilio Romero, Marie has created art for a number of churches in the United States and in Mexico, including Stations of the Cross for the Basilica of St. Francis in Santa Fe. She has participated in the annual Spanish Market in Santa Fe for over 45 years, having won many awards for both traditional and contemporary works.

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. 

Her works are in the Museum of International Folk Art; 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.