LVAC @ Plaza Janet Stein Romero


“I want to knock you out of your complacency,
engage you in my images.”    Janet Stein Romero


I have lived in the village of El Ancon (25 miles from Las Vegas) for over thirty years.  I work in a variety of media such as collages, watercolors, acrylic paintings, large and small cut-out women sculpture, monotypes, miniature nuevo milagro images, and non-traditional retablos.

My work reflects my interest in Fantasy Realism. You enter the realm of my world – touring through a variety of media and imagery. I have a fascination with the mysteries of trance and its connection with dance.  Images of women in pairs, or alone, or within an interior jungle of the mind are reflected in my work. Some of my new work is inspired by recent trips to Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico and Colombia.

My recent pieces are part of a series of “Altered States Upon Healing the Bones.” I have been recovering from a broken back injury last year sustained during a fall in my studio.  A focus has been a series of watercolors on silk revealing a passion and enthusiasm for working with the figure as form and mystery in an anti-hierarchical context. I am interested in exploring popular culture through magazines, newspapers and film, and incorporating these images into my artwork through journals using drawing, collage and painting. I am interested in the bestiality, the rawness, and the emotive qualities that these works bring to my mind.

I have been working on a series of miniature figures in clay “Dessert Tray” which I began in an atelier in Caracas – building women in pairs and alone. The clay and the dimensionality are a very exciting focus for the chaotic and erotic nature of woman.

I have been working with the figure intensively from a model. I work directly on fabric such as canvas, cotton cloth and silk like material using a variety of media from watercolor to pastel, graphite, and glitter glue. I seek to reveal the inner spiritual core and foundation – to touch the emotional nerve of the human body. I am using form and line and orgiastic color in a flattened, anti-illusionistic perspective.

I dance with the masters from Picasso and Matisse, to Egon Schiele. I reach out to Frida Kahlo, Remedios Varos, and Xul Solar from Latin America. I am fascinated by the work of Alexander McQueen, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Pedro Almodovar.

I am a tribal junkie with an eye that reaches into many worlds to fulfill my visual dictionary.

I have been very involved in the San Miguel county area as an Art teacher in the schools for 20 years, and at Highlands University and the United World College.

With my husband, the sculptor Nicasio Romero, we founded and curated the El Ancon Outdoor Sculpture Show for 19 years, and continue to build our sculpture garden and Gallery.

I want to knock you out of your complacency, engage you in my images.  I love to use screen, or lace, as a curtain to draw the viewer into the image with a feeling of intimacy.  Art gives me opportunities for pleasure on a daily basis.

I want to thank my husband Nicasio for all of his miraculous healing energy he has given me in the past year of healing. He and my family and dear friends have made it possible for me to continue with my work during this challenging year.

More about artist Janet Stein Romero

I was born and raised in New York City (5.28.44)
Brooklyn Museum School (Philip Rosenthal Painting Scholarship)
Connecticut College  B.A. in Art 1966 (Jane Bill Art Prize)

I moved to New Mexico in 1966 to attend Univ. of New Mexico – M.A. in Painting & Drawing 1969 (Peter Selz Prize. Painting)

I have lived in El Ancon, NM for the past 40 years.

I have worked as a professional artist for over thirty years in New Mexico. I also have worked as a teacher – teaching Art in the schools in Las Vegas for over Twenty years.

I have taught Art Curriculum, Drawing, and Envisioning Art at NM Highlands University, worked as an Artist in Residence. I was Project Director of the Artist in Residence Program for the schools in San Miguel County for eleven years. I taught art at the United World College in Montezuma, NM.  I have done numerous workshops on such topics as Integrating Arts into the Curriculum, Monotype Printmaking, Reverse Glass Painting, Pathways to Creativity, and Artist Training for New Mexico Arts, and the Museum of International Folk Art.  I have been traveling recently to Venezuela and Mexico and Brazil since retiring.  I am currently working on a new series of paintings on silk relating to my travels in and out of reality.  I have also been working on a series of  Art Journals using multimedia compositions. I have completed approximately 25 journals.

I am also working on  series of clay sculptures which I began in an atelier in Caracas, Venezuela. I am concerned with the essence of the figurative image (and have been working with a model for the past two years), and the impact of images in popular culture on the reinterpretation of the contemporary woman.

I have been a member of the Board of the Capitol Arts Foundation in Santa Fe for the past ten years.

I have been showing my work at my Studio holding regular Open Studio exhibits for the past five years.

I  showed a selection of my journals and reproductions in Rio de Janeiro in January 2015.


Martha Jackson Gallery NYC 1966-69
Hill’s Gallery Santa Fe 1970-1976
Ernesto Mayans Gallery Santa Fe 1977-1987
Marigold Arts Santa Fe 2002-2003
A sea in the Desert Gallery, Santa Fe 2012-2013
Two-person Show at the Governor’s Gallery State Capitol Santa Fe 1986

Selected One-person Shows

La Risa Café, Ribera, NM 2010
Counter Culture Café, Santa Fe, NM 2010, 2013
El Museo Culural, Santa Fe, NM 2009
United World College Gallery, Montezuma, NM 2009, 2015
Arrott Art Gallery NMHU LVNM   1997, 2000, 2004
Plaza Art Gallery LVNM   1998
Marigold Arts SantaFe 2002

Selected Group Shows

Peace Show Santa Fe   2005
Atravesando Fronteras El Museo SF 2004
Duct and Cover SF Art Institute 2003
Gallery Zipp  Glorieta  2002-2005
Gone to HOBLOB Plan B SF 1999
Women Artists in the Land of Enchantment LewAllen Gall. SF 1999
Maximum Drawing Show College of SF 1997
Faces of Women   LVNM   1993-2001
Something Wild   LVNM    1992-1994
El Ancon Show (co –curator and founder) 1986-2006

Selected Publications:

Polese, Richard, “World of Janet Romero,” El Palacio Magazine, Museum of New Mexico, February, 1980.

Romero, Edwina, “Fool for Art,” Santa Fe SUN March 1989

Newmann, Dana and Jack Parsons, “New Mexico Artists in Their Studios,” Museum of New Mexico Press. Published in May 2005.

I am married to Nicasio Romero, a sculptor and builder.  I have two children, Simon, a journalist for the NY Times in Rio de Janeiro, and Emily, who currently teaches, makes art and works in Albuquerque.