Jose Armijo

Type
Individual
Role
Artist
Identifier
ArmijoJose
Lifespan
after 1972
Functions, Occupations, and Activities
>Santero, wood carver
Heritage
Hispanic
Medium
Wood;Paint
Biography
Jose was born in Santa Fe and raised in the neighboring community of El Valle De Arroyo Seco. He was first introduced to painting retablos in 1986 by Rosina Lopez de Short. While attending college at New Mexico State University, Jose began to produce retablos to sell to friends and family to make ends meet...After graduating...he [met] accomplished santero Charlie Carrillo, and it was Charlie who encouraged Jose to move forward with his art...[H]e started carving with Jose Benjamin Lopez, founder of La Escuelita...developed the skill of wood carving and completed his first bulto...He spent...six months [at Charlie Carrillo studio] learning how to make natural pigments, developing carving techniques, and experimenting with different types of wood. It was also at Charlie's house that Jose would meet his future wife, Nina Trujillo Gatt, Charlie's niece. Jose spent...three months working with santero Alcario Otero...He taught Jose to develop his own style...Jose has been in Spanish Market since 1998 [Bartlett Library vertical file: http://library.internationalfolkart.org/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=23582] Family tree can be found at: https://www.familytreenow.com/records/people/armijo/jose/wk1-uqwfsjfb72lmatwsrq
Geographic names
Espanola
Related people/organizations
Rosina Lopez de Short (influenced by)
Charlie Carrillo (taught by)
Jose Benjamin Lopez (taught by)
Nina Trujillo Gatt (is/was married to)
Alcario Otero (taught by)