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Arthur Lopez

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"Mictlantecuhtli a Happy little Death" Hand Carved Wood 12"(h)x11"(w)x11"(d) © 2016
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“Santa Lucia” Hand Carved and Painted Wood 21”(h)x13”(w)x8”(d) © 2016
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“Mater Dolorosa” 
hand Carved and Painted With 
wood Gold Leaf 57”(h)x14.5”(w)x14.5”(d) © 2016
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“Mater Dolorosa” (Detail) Hand Carved and Painted With 
wood Gold Leaf 57”(h)x14.5”(w)x14.5”(d) 
 © 2016
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Santo Niño del Camino Hand Carved and Painted Wood 32.5"x17"x11"
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Maria-Posa Hand Carved and Painted Wood 11 X 12 X 6 Inches
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Monja Coronada, Flor de Dios, 2012 Hand Carved and Painted Wood 32"x11"x7" © 2012
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Nacimiento de la Virgen, 2008 Wood 30x20x6 Inches © 2008
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Pandora's Box - Caja de Fe, 2008 Hand Carved Wood 27.5x11x11 Inches © 2008
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The Fall of Man, 2009 Hand Carved Wood 23.75x9 Inches © 2009
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Santa Cecilia y sus Marachis del Cielo, 2009 Hand Carved Wood 25x14x10 Inches © 2009
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“Riena de la Muerte” © Hand Carved Wood 36" X 17.5" X 5" Inches
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“San Francisco y los Pajaros” © Hand Carved and Painted Wood 68"x22"22"
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“San Francisco y los Pajaros” Detail©
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Alma de Maria Hand Carved and Painted Wood 21.5"x11"x8.5"
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San Francisco Y El Corre Camino Hand Carved & Painted Wood 23"x18.5"16.5"
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Santa Fe
Birth year
1971
Lives in
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Works in
Santa Fe
Representing galleries
Tags
Polychrome, museum, wood sculpture figurative, Wood, Wood Carver, Santero, SANTOS, hand carved mixed-media, manitou galleries pop pop, museum quality art mixed-media, figurative, sculpture, mixed-media, conceptual, realism, modern, traditional, exhibition/performance
Statement

 born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, López is proud to be working in the long tradition of New Mexico santero artists. His high attention to detail has garnered him many awards and is highly esteemed as one of New Mexico’s most popular santero wood sculptures. In 2015 he was awarded the City of Santa Fe’s Mayor’s Award for excellence in the Arts. "My work comes out of my faith. I am a firm believer that you can still use traditional methods to create contemporary work. 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 museum collections throughout the country His work has recently been exhibited internationally at the 2nd International Triennial of Kogei - “The Arts Grounded in Region”, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, “Song of the West,” Kohi Kulturaum, Karlsruhe, Germany and “The Saints From a Land So Remote” - LAProjects, Landshut, Germany. He is represented by Manitou Galleries in Santa Fe, NM & Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, OK.

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