Felix A. López


Smithsonian American Art Museum -1998

Felix A. López is considered a Master Santero (Saint Maker) by peers and people who have followed his artistic career which spans more than three decades. His artwork has been exhibited and collected by numerous museums, places of worship and private collections around the world.
Commitment and dedication to daily carving, studying, teaching, and preserving traditions has allowed him to incorporate new ideas into practice.
He is one of the first santeros to mark a new direction in Santero Art by creating a multi-figured bulto (a three dimensional religious sculpture) often based on a biblical scene. He frequently depicts the attributes of the saints in new ways by making the figures dynamic rather than static and portraying multiple images as engaged in a sculptural dialogue with one another. The most readily identifiable hallmarks of his carving style are elongated bodies and limbs often placed in an architectural setting. The primary stylistic elements include a subdued color palette made from local minerals and vegetable pigments and the use of mixed media such as wheat straw, canvas, leather and tin. Felix’s graceful images convey a sense of peace, deep love, and spirituality.
As with early santeros, the focus has been not to seek fame and fortune but rather to emulate them in pursuit of this art form while maintaining pure intentions and humility. The priority is to create rather than get bogged down with the things that society says are important to be successful.  Felix has exhibited at the Santa Fe Spanish Market for many years.

Further information on Felix’s work can be found on:
*  video:  A Calling to Religious Art, made by Arizona State University.
*  video: Felix Lopez: Santos Maker – New Mexico, U.S.A, made by the Fowler Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles.
* article: The Saints go Marching On, published in July 2012 issue of the New Mexico Magazine