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Arthur Lopez, El Salvador del Mundo (Saviour of the World)

Figure of Christ in red robe with crown of thorns standing on the world globe with a cross at his feet. He is pulling open his robe to reveal a Superman symbol on his chest.

Arthur Lopez
Arthur Lopez was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He works in the long tradition of New Mexico santero artists. Equally important to López is his need to transcend the bounds of the traditional santero, and use his art as a medium for expressing the full range of his culture and the world around him. López has exhibited in numerous shows throughout the Southwest and is in many prominent collections throughout the country. His work has recently been exhibited internationally at the 2nd International Triennale of Kogei – The Arts Grounded in Region, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, and he is preparing for a show in Landshut, Germany in 2014.
Arthur explains his work by saying, “My work comes out of my faith. I am a firm believer that you can still use traditional methods to create contemporary work. Though the majority of my work is of Saints you do not have to be of any particular religion to appreciate them as art. I try to capture with intentional ethical sensitivity and undaunted heart-felt commentary modern religious, secular and political issues with humor and a breath of fresh air.”

El Salvador del Mundo (Saviour of the World), 2006
Painted and carved wood
object: 19 x 6 x 6 in. (48.3 x 15.2 x 15.2 cm)
Purchase made possible by Gus Foster