New Mexico artist Danny Romero is of both Yaqui and Spanish heritage. Growing up in Douglas, Arizona, he has been working with stone and silver for over 20 years. He has been an active silversmith since 1980.
“I always loved drawing and making art. I was surrounded by relatives who were artists and musicians. I grew up in Douglas, Arizona, 25 miles from the famous Bisbee Turquoise Mine. My dad traded Bisbee turquoise with the Navajo.”
“I got involved in making inlaid portraits when painter John Neito commissioned me to make a portraiture ring of his wife. I then searched through old photographs of Indians for inspiration. My color palette was influenced by painter Paul Pletka, and my interest in Plains Indians was encouraged by Howard Turpin. I thank the people who helped me along the way.” Danny Romero was the first silversmith to literally put painted art into jewelry.
He was one of five silversmiths invited to the Night of the First Americans at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and he has had showings of his jewelry in galleries and museums in many parts of the country as well as in Germany, Japan, and Canada.
It is with great sadness that the family of Danny Romero announces his passing on August 18, 2018 at the age of 64 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Danny will be remembered as a masterful artist with unique jewelry making techniques.