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1974 Felipe Archuleta Born: Santa Cruz, New Mexico 1910 Died: Tesuque, New Mexico 1991 carved and painted tree limb and plywood, wood pulp, and adhesive 7 1/2 x 26 1/8 x 8 1/4 in. (18.9 x 66.5 x 21.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.230 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 27B

Luce Center Quote

“I am not worthy to be a santero [carver of wooden saints]. So I will carve animals.” Felipe Archuleta, quoted in Chuck and Jan Rosenak, Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia, 1990

Luce Center Label

Felipe Archuleta began by carving animals around his home in New Mexico such as rabbits, sheep, and burros. The more exotic animals came later and were inspired by images he saw in National Geographic magazine. (Nancy Schraffenberger, “A Natural Talent,” Guideposts, March 1987) Archuleta was both pleased and dismayed by the attention he received for his carvings. Although he enjoyed having his work praised, the growing orders for animals restricted the subject matter of his carvings and kept him working constantly. (Lynette I. Rhodes, American Folk Art From the Traditional to the Naïve, 1978)


Animal - fish


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