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Tiburcio de la Espada

San Germán, Puerto Rico 1798

San Germán, Puerto Rico 1852

Luce Artist Biography

Tiburcio and his father, Felipe de la Espada, were the most prominent santeros (santos makers) in Puerto Rico during the Spanish colonial era. Santos are images of saints carved for churches and household devotions. Tiburcio sculpted for many churches, including the San Germán church of Porto Coeli (Gate of Heaven).