Ben Ortega

Type
Individual
Role
Artist
Identifier
OrtegaBen
Lifespan
1923 – 1998
Functions, Occupations, and Activities
>Wood carver, santero
Heritage
Hispanic
Medium
Wood
Biography
Ben Ortega, a master santero whose signature carvings of St. Francis have become a symbol of Santa Fe, died at 75. A lifelong resident of Tesuque -- where his family has lived for close to 300 years -- Ortega's many accolades include a Spanish Market Master's Award for Lifetime Achievement and a Santa Fe Living Treasure Award. His works, emphasizing the natural shapes and colors of the aspen and cottonwood trees from which they spring, are found in galleries across the country, in the Smithsonian Institution and in homes as far away as Japan, Norway and Australia. "He was a very spiritual man, and (carving) brought out his spirituality and enforced it," said his son, Ben Ortega Jr. [Retrieved on 9/13/17 from https://business.highbeam.com/2872/article-1G1-107581702/master-santero-ben-ortega-put-spirit-into-his-carvings]
Geographic names
Tesuque
Related person/organization
David Alvarez (has other familial relationship with)