Raised in, and inspired by Nambe, her roots there are as deep as its history.
A banking career spanning more than three decades had its advantages. Serving the Pojoaque Valley as the first female firefighter and EMT was beyond rewarding. But there was also the desire to create. Few things are as rewarding as conceiving an idea, overcoming the challenges it presents, and the satisfaction of its accomplishment. This is tin, sheets of shimmering, raw metal, folded, pounded, crafted into beautiful and meaningful art.
Cleo Romero is an accomplished artist specializing in tin, with a concentration in Spanish colonial tin work. However, tin is not her only medium, she also works with wood and has been recognized for her innovations in blending various media into what she has called, Revirio. A veteran of the famed Spanish Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico, her work is on display in museums and in private collections near and far.
Recognized by the most respected experts in the field.
Acknowledged as one of the premier artists in her medium.
Few have accomplished so much in so little time.
Watch Cleo on New Mexico Living talk about her beginnings and experience in Spanish Market while promoting the 2018 Winter Spanish Market.
Enjoy a sample of publications featuring Cleo and some of her creations.
How a Banker Evolved into a Tin Wizard >> The Santa Fe New Mexican (pdf)Download
Beauty & Function >> Albuquerque Journal (pdf)Download
Cornering the Markets >> The Santa Fe New Mexican (pdf)Download
Various Publications 2008 & 2009 (pdf)Download
Pojoaque’s First >> The Santa Fe New Mexican (pdf)Download