Joseph Ascensión López


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Nuestra Señora de los Dolores

Most of his life, Joseph Ascensión  López has worked along side his father and sister in the creation of Spanish Colonial Art.  He has won numerous awards over the years including most recently, the 2015 Spanish Market, E. Boyd Memorial Award for Originality and Expressive Design in Painted Bultos for his carving of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, and the 2012 Spanish Market Archbishop’s Award for his carving of San Juan Nepomuceno.



Cuzco, Perú

Joseph has traveled to Europe, the Middle East, South and Central America, and Polynesia learning art techniques and doing research. Joseph has also taught Spanish Colonial wood carving and painting techniques at the Santa Fe Community College. He has co-curated art exhibitions at the National Museum of Art in La Paz, Bolivia, at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at UNM in Albuquerque, and at the Visual Art Gallery at Santa Fe Community college.


Joseph is a guest on the Painted Bultos video produced by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society and sponsored by the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art of Santa Fe, New Mexico.  

Education/training and related experience include:

  • Bachelor of Fine Art Degree – University of New Mexico – 1996
  • Associate of Applied Science in Spanish Colonial Furniture Making, Northern New Mexico College – 2013
  • Internship Museo de Arte Colonial, Morelia, Michoacán, México – 2000
  • Kauai Maoli Wood Carving Academy (Kauai), and Ahaino School of Native Art (Molokai), Hawaii – 2005-2006
  • Arte-School of Design, Art and Photography, Florence, Italy 2006
  • Ebanisteria Freza (Wood Working and Carving School), Jaco, Costa Rica 2008
  • Taller de Pintura Cusqueña de la Escuela Superior Autónoma de Bellas Artes “Diego Quispe Tito”, Cuzco, Peru 2012