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Espada Family

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  • San Germán, Puerto Rico

Luce Artist Biography

The Espada family worked in the small, hilly town of San Germán, in southwest Puerto Rico. Felipe (about 1754-1818) and his sons Tiburcio and Vicente made santos, small wooden images of saints used for private worship. They also received commissions to make statuary and altarpieces for churches and chapels. Like the Campeche family, they supplemented their income by restoring damaged works of art. (Irene Curbelo, The Expressive Other: Understanding and Enjoying Puerto Rican Santos, 2003)