Felix Lopez

Type
Individual
Role
Artist
Identifier
LopezFelix
Functions, Occupations, and Activities
>Santero
Heritage
Hispanic
Medium
Bulto;Wood
Biography
Felix Lopez is a santero from northern New Mexico. He grew up as one of 11 children whose father crafted much of the family's household furniture and was occasionally contracted to help construct homes. This background combined with a religious upbringing influenced Lopez's art later in life. He is completely self-taught and started by making religious art in the form of bultos and crosses, to which he could relate more than to modern art. Initially, Lopez used acrylic paints, but eventually began making his own natural pigments. He states that he was inspired by the colors of the hills of Abiquiu. He also does straw applique on other objects such as frames and boxes. [source: Dana Everts 7/20/1987]
Geographic names
Espanola
Related collection
AR.00020 Dana Everts Collection (is related to)
Related person/organization
Dana Everts-Boehm (interviewed by)