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José Luis Romo Martín

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Nationality  Mexican
Style  Surrealism

Born  April 19, 1954 (1954-04-19) Chilcuautla, Mexico
Education  Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado "La Esmeralda"
Known for  "Pintor Otomi. Indigenous Mexican Artist"
Died  22 May 2016, Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico

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José Luis Romo Martín (April 19, 1954 – May 22, 2016) was a Mexican painter, sculptor, and graphic artist of Otomi -Hñäñhü- heritage.



The presence of Gunther Gerzso as his mentor was strong in his life and work. The influence of Maria Izquierdo, Rufino Tamayo, Frida Kahlo is noticeable.


The chromatic scale that Romo favors is a combination of sienas and ochres with greenish blues. These last often bristle unsuccessfully against burnt greens, colors close to grass or wet fields. The touches of red, almost always restricted to area where blood appears, are measured in such a way as to accrete value to mixed colors, such as Indian red or pink, without competing with them. Romo’s iconography alludes to images of childhood, to his birthplace in Valle del Mezquital,and to recent events, whether related to his life or to his personal environment. A reference might be construed by way of its opposite, as in Mezquital there is no water or greenery, and the lack is substituted by presence. Other times the evocation is direct, as with the figures and objects that recall the serious car accident the artist had in 1981, or the landscape in which his house appears with a cactus in the foreground. This is the only picture that lacks fantasy elements, though not symbolism. The genre of naturalistic painting is defined in relation to genres it most resembles. Room doesn’t introduce in- admissible, inexplicable or mysterious elements in his works, but he does introduce categories that leave any descriptive context and possess allegorical, emblematic or commemorative meanings. Thus, it can be affirmed that his fantasy in expressed in suprareal or fantastic terms. Instead, he transforms the vision of daily life into a search for poetic fidelity for images and pictorial concepts of personal significance the artist.


In 1978 he became the Exhibit Coordinator at the Instituto Politécnico Nacional, where he was attending. José Luis Romo founded the Ixmiquilpan Culture House, José Luis Romo has devoted several years to teaching painting in the Otomí community. He had shown his work at different galleries in Mexico City like Galeria de Arte Mexicano, Galeria Lopez Quiroga to name some. Palacio de Bellas Artes. MARCO in Monterrey N.L Mexico. Mary-Anne Martin/Fine Art N.Y Was awarded the first place at the Aguascalientes Arts Contest and an honorific prize at the IV Ibero-American Art Biennial of the Instituto Cultural Domecq. Premio Estatal de Artes Visuales del Festival Amado Nervo 2009 by Museo Emilio Ortiz at Tepic, Nayarit. Scholar from Consejo Estatal para la Cultura y las Artes de Querétaro, Consejo Estatal para la Cultura y las Artes de Nayarit, Secretaria de Hacienda y Crédito Público and from University of Dallas in Texas.

Auction houses like Christie's, Sotheby's,Skinner Inc, Bonhams Los Angeles had bidding his artwork and Morton Casa de Subastas in Mexico City.


  1. Resistencia Otomí / Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection
  2. Autorretrato 1987/ Permanent Collection. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. NY
  3. Illustrations for Don Quixote for Children. Edición trilingüe otomí-español-inglés. Using leaves of the maguey. 2015


  • Europalia 93 PMMK - Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Oostende. Belgium 1993.
  • "Pintores Latinoamericanos", North America Smithsonian Institution, 1995.
  • "Pintores y Escultores Mexicanos" Galeria de Arte Mexicano, 1996.
  • "Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism" SFNOMA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 1996.
  • Art Museum of South Texas, 1997.
  • "Landscape of the American" Gibbes Museum of Art, 1998.
  • "Mexico Eterno, Arte y Permanencia" Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes. Mexico 2000.
  • "Centenario de Frida Kahlo" Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2007
  • References

    José Luis Romo Martín Wikipedia

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