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 Arthur Lopez

Arthur Lopez

Arthur Lopez has said, "I am a firm believer that you can still use traditional methods to create contemporary work."

Though the majority of his 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.Arthur Lopez was 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."


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Sanchez, Russell & Arthur Lopez – Immaculate Conception & Avanyu Jar

Russell Sanchez (San Ildefonso) and Arthur Lopez (Spanish), have created unique collaborative works for the first time this year.  The vessel was made by Russell and stone polished with a black clay. The wood sections were carved by Arthur.  After the piece is carved, is covered in gesso (a glue made from rabbit hide) which is allowed to dry and then sanded.  It is painted with both natural and water color pigment.  Natural colored pigments, such as the brown, are derived from black walnut hulls.  Russell uses traditional clay from San Ildefonso, which is then coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired.  These are the time involved and historic foundations for this collaboration.

The jar has a black and red polished surface. The neck and base are polished black and there are very classic San Ildefonso style handles.  The central band is polished with a deep red clay. There are inset bands of turquoise hei-shi beads.  The coloration of the firing of the black is deep and a striking complement to the deep red.

Arthur and Russell said of this jar:

This jar combines to similar concepts, the Immaculate Conception and the pueblo Avanyu.  The vessel is a classic San Ildefonso water jar.  The black, red and tan are representative of the San Ildefonso polychrome pottery.  The jar is a “pot within a pot”, where the outer pot represents the acceptance of the pueblos of Catholicism.  People looked at the religion and not how it was forced on the pueblo people.  The avanyu (water serpent) encircling the back of the jar is representative of the avanyu as a symbol of cleansing.  In a similar manner the wood lid is a representation of the Immaculate Conception.  The painted section is painted in a Spanish style and has baby Jesus and a lamb, representing ‘the Lamb of God’.  So, much as the, “lamb of God washes away the sins of the world”, the avanyu is a cleansing force in the Pueblo world.

$ 11,500.00
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