Alonzo Jimenez

Type
Individual
Role
Artist
Identifier
JimenezAlonzo
Lifespan
1949 – 2005
Functions, Occupations, and Activities
>Wood carver
Heritage
Hispanic
Medium
Wood, paint, mixed media
Biography
For the high volume of new orders, as well as the unendurable constant rebuke of the unfilled old ones, Felipe eventually found a solution that was as strange and as natural as might be expected: he enlisted the help of a man he picked up hitchhiking. Alonzo Jiménez (1949 – 2005) shared with Felipe a number of attributes: an unstable life, athleticism, a special affinity for wood born of a childhood of carving, the ability to work hard, egotism masked by hardship, unmistakable intelligence, and creativity. He had a wealth of fundamental flaws as well — they were just different from Felipe’s. In no time, Alonzo was swept into the Archuleta vortex. It was a short-term fix that managed to muddle the creations that came forth, but not always in a bad way because Alonzo, almost forty years Felipe’s junior, was able to perform the physically demanding task of “standing” large wooden animals — as they called the process of inserting legs, heads, and necks into the log that formed the body of these challenging beasts — a task that Felipe was happy to relinquish. [Retrieved on 9/13/17 from http://www.elpalacio.org/articles/spring2014/woodenmenagerie.pdf]
Geographic names
Tesuque
Related people/organizations
David Alvarez (worked with)
Felipe Archuleta (taught by)
Leroy Archuleta (worked with)