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Luce Artist Biography

Santeros carved wooden images of saints called santos, which were used in churches and household devotions. Francisco Rivera, who was born in the first half of the nineteenth century, worked with his son Genaro (1861-1941) and cousin Tomas Rivera Díaz (1831-1911) in the mountainous regions of Corozal, Orocovis, and Morovis. Although they were not as large a family of santeros as the Cabán group, they were as prominent in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Puerto Rico. (Irene Curbelo, The Expressive Other: Understanding and Enjoying Puerto Rican Santos, 2003)