Saint Francis of Assisi meets Saint Dominic in the field

San Francisco de Asis se encuentra con Santo Domingo en el Campo.
Bulto by Felix A. López.

“A man who works with his hands is a labourer. A man who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. A man who works with his hands, his head, and his heart is an artist.”

 – St. Francis of Assisi




Felix López Honored with the 2016 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts

Felix López has been honored with the 2016 Annual Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Governor Susana Martinez and the New Mexico Arts Commission named eight artists and major contributors to the arts who will be recipients of the 2016 Annual Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

This year marks the 43rd annual celebration of the Governor’s Arts Awards, which was established in 1974 by Governor Bruce King and First Lady Alice King to honor New Mexicans who have made a significant lifetime contribution to the arts and are identified with New Mexico. This prestigious annual award recognizes both individuals and organizations and acknowledges the considerable role, both economic and cultural, that artists, craftspeople and arts supporters play in the life of New Mexico. For more than three decades a prominent and diverse group of painters, weavers, sculptors, dancers, musicians, storytellers, poets, actors, playwrights, potters, and supporters of the arts have been honored.

Congratulations to all the recipients.

To read more, click here.

Albuquerque Journal Article


2015 E. Boyd Memorial Award

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Nuestra Señora de los Dolores

For the 2015 Traditional Spanish Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Joseph Ascensión López was the recipient of the E. Boyd Memorial Award for originality and expressive design.

Sponsor: Nancy Meem Wirth
Art Form: Painted Bultos
Title: Nuestra Señora de los Dolores

New Mexico Santeros Exhibit in Germany

Felix, Joseph and Krissa are part of an exhibition of New Mexican santos which opened on March 13, 2014, in Landshut, Germany.  Landshut is in the region of Bavaria, not far from Munich. The organizer is Mr. Jorg W. Ludwig, a German  who lives in Landshut.  The venue is LA Projects Gallery which he owns and directs.  The title of the show is: “The Saints From A Land So Remote:  The living Tradition of Hispanic Religious Art in the American Southwest.”  According to Mr. Ludwig, the exhibition features the works of the foremost contemporary Master santeros and santeras working in New Mexico, and will introduce a broad international public to the vibrant tradition of northern New Mexico cultural expression.  There are twelve other New Mexican santeros and santeras who are represented.  The exhibition will end on May 3, 2014.

The exhibition is scheduled to travel to other European venues during 2014.

First Place Artist – Felix López

El Apostel San Pedro

El Apostel San Pedro

Felix was the recipient of this award at the 2012 Spanish Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  It was awarded by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society and sponsored by Edward and Hope Connnors, long time supporters of this event.  The title of his work is El Apostol San Pedro.  Felix is donating this piece to the Archdiocese of Santa Fe for the annual Archbishop’s School Fund Dinner to help raise funds for tuition assistance for hundreds of needy children attending Archdiocesan Catholic Schools.  It will take place on Friday, October 11, 2013 in Albuquerque.

Archbishop’s Award

During the 2012 New Mexico Spanish Market Joseph Ascensión López received the Archbishop’s Award, presented by the Archbishop of Santa Fe, Michael Sheehan, for the relief image of San Juan Nepomuceno, the patron saint of the Penitente Brotherhood.

San Juan Nepomuceno is the national saint of the Czech Republic who was drowned because he refused to divulge the secrets of the confessional.

Joseph was not only awarded the Archbishops award for this image but also received the 2012 Spanish Market Painted Wood Relief Award sponsored by Jim and Cindy Williams, and Linda & John Muzio. Additionally Joseph received the Spanish Market Poster Award. This is the Spanish Colonial Arts Society Director’s Award for the piece selected to be used on the 2013 Spanish Market Poster.

His father, Felix Lopez, received the Spanish Market Poster Award for the year 1990.

The photos below show Joseph receiving his award from Archbishop Sheehan.

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Santo Entierro – Santuario de Chimayó

The Santo Entierro bulto or sculpture was made by Felix with the help of his son, Joseph, and daughter, Krissa.   It was installed at the Santuario de Chimayó, one of the most revered churches in New Mexico.   In the following slideshow we have included a few pictures the Santo Entierro being created and later of being installed at the church in September of 2011.

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Below is a video made by the University of Arizona