Arthur Lopez (b.1971) said, “I firmly believe that you can still use traditional methods to create contemporary work.”
Though most of Arthur’s work represents Saints, you do not have to be of any particular religion to appreciate them as art. Equally crucial to López is his need to transcend the bounds of the traditional santero and use his art to express 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 nationwide. His work has 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. Arthur Lopez was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and he is proud to be working in the long tradition of New Mexico santero artists. His keen attention to detail has garnered him many awards, and he is highly esteemed as one of New Mexico’s most popular santero wood sculptors. In 2015 Arthur Lopez was awarded the City of Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.