Arthur Lopez
Arthur's work is a mix of both tradition and contemporary allowing for a
flexibility in creativity. Some of his works depict folk legends, including
La Llorona, the weeping woman, and Doña Sebastiana, the female death cart figure who is a variation of San Sebastian. In other pieces Lopez portrays saints common to Northern New Mexicans -- such as San Ysidro, patron saint of farmers -- but with a twist: Instead of driving oxen, Ysidro's angel rides a tractor.

One of the first nontraditional works Lopez created called Forgive Me Son,
For I Have Sinned, depicts a Roman Catholic priest recounting his sins to an
altar boy in a confessional booth. The boy, in church robes and tennis
shoes, cries as he hears the priest's confession. Lopez, a devout Catholic
and former altar boy at St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe, said he wanted to
address the recent crises of sexual abuse in the Church in a thoughtful
manner. The altar boys who were abused by priests but nevertheless remained faithful to God and the Church demonstrated "they had a stronger, higher power," he said. By depicting the altar boy as confessor, his intent was to "give the altar boys back their power," which had been taken from them by the priests.

Lopez also continues to carve and paint exquisite representations of Roman
Catholic saints in the centuries-old tradition of Northern New Mexico
Hispanic artists. Lopez's creations have won numerous awards at the Annual
Traditional Spanish Market in Santa Fe. Lopez work was chosen for the
poster for the 2005 Spanish Market. His work is in the collections of the
Museum of New Mexico/Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM; the Albuquerque Fine Arts Museum in Albuquerque, NM; the Taylor Museum at the Colorado Fine Arts Center in Colorado Springs, Co.; the Denver Art Museum in Denver Co., and El Museo Convento in Espaˆola, NM; Freedom Museum (911 Memorial at Ground Zero), New York City; not to mention numerous private collections throughout the nation. Lopez has been represented by Parks Gallery/Taos NM since fall 2002.