born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, López is proud to be working in the long tradition of New Mexico Santero (saint maker) artists. I am a firm believer that you can still use traditional methods to create contemporary work. The medium I chose to work with is wood, I love reveling the piece with each layer that I carve away and being able to see the wood transform in my hands. The faces of the images I create are inspired by the people I encounter in every day life. Though the majority of my work is of Saints you do not have to be of any particular religion to appreciate them as art. Equally important to López is his need to transcend the bounds of the traditional santero, and use his art as a medium for expressing the full range of his culture and the world around him. López has exhibited in numerous shows throughout the Southwest and is in Many prominent collections throughout the country including Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, Albuquerque, NM, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, Freedom Museum (911 Memorial at Ground Zero), New York, NY, Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, Santa Fe, NM, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM, State of New Mexico Permanent Art Collection. His work has recently been exhibited internationally at the 2nd International Triennale of Kogei - The Arts Grounded in Region, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, and L.A. Projects in Landshut, Germany in 2014. He is represented by Manitou Galleries in Santa Fe, NM.
“I try to capture with intentional ethical sensitivity and undaunted heart-felt commentary modern religious, secular and political issues with humor and a breath of fresh air.” — Arthur López