Michael was born on January 29, 1992 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. From an early age, his talent as an artist was realized by his Uncle, Joseph Romero, where they both would work side by side sketching in pencil. Joseph, amazed by the ability of his nephews artistic skills, recognized it as more then just a gift. Growing up on a ranch where there was little to do but to be creative with his time, this is where his unique talents were supported by his grandparents with loving support and the materials to create something magnificent! Through out his school years, his teachers and classmates were amazed by his artwork. "He knew it, we all knew it, this day was going to come, he was born to do this!" With no formal art training other than grade school, Romero was fascinated by art styles. In 2011, he was introduced to the art work of Jackson Pollock. "Pollock's works made with just splashes of color was instrumental in making me the artist I am today. When first viewed, it looked like any child could do this, but when you really look at a Pollock there is order to his chaos. While his colors were splashed and dripped, they really did create a brilliance of light and texture that is appealing to look at." - Michael Romero Duran After experimenting and failing repeatedly, giving up never crossed Romero's mind he was confident and hopeful that he would achieve the style of art work that was already clearly laid out in his head. That same night he came up with a concept of forging a tiny coil which was influenced by the Tesla coil. He assumed this would be the perfect shape to allow the flowing of paint in a controlled manner while at the same time retaining larger quantities of paint. The style Abstract impressionism meets Realism came to life, a style that brought two masters together in collaboration...Claude Monet and Jackson Pollock. His works were brought to the attention of Artist Group International, David Smith, and Chris DeRubeis after posting a few images on Craigslist.com. DeRubeis called David Smith immediately upon seeing Romero's images. Smith who discovered such artists as Christian lassen, Michael Godard, Chris DeRubeis, Patrick Guyton, Craig Tracy, Colleen Black and many others, knew that this was a new style that would change the way people view fine art. DeRubeis, who is one of the top selling artists of his time and inventor of his own style also knew this kid had something special about him. "I have always been attracted to artwork that is unique and different than that is normally shown in Fine Art Galleries. I always look for the artist that creates a new style. Romero did just that by combining two masters techniques and making a style all his own." -Smith said in an interview in 2013 Today Michael Romero's artwork is enjoyed by people from all over the globe and is truly the next Great Master. About Romero’s Signature Style This is a style the art world has never seen before. The reincarnation of two Legendary Masters, Claude Monet and Jackson Pollock, brought together through one mind, Michael Romero Duran. He is the one and only origin that can make this new style come to life!! I create my art work by using a tool I invented from copper wire. I dip the tool into large quantities of paint and drip the paint on top of a canvas lying flat. After I drip a layer of paint, I typically wait 10-15 minutes so that it has a dry top shell. Only then can I continue adding another layer. At the beginning it looks like an ordinary Pollock type painting. It looks very messy and abstract, but after multiple layers, the piece is finally completed. When you take a step back the results are breath taking, a master piece is created!
Michael's ArtPrize Entries
These are Michael's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Michael's Past Work
These are images of past work that Michael has done.