Carlos Santistevan was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1938. Largely self-taught as an artist, he began producing images of saints when he was young. Santistevan played an important role in the creation of the Chicano art movement, opening in 1966 El Centro de la Cruzada para la Justicia—the nation's first permanent exhibition space for Chicano art. A descendant of Pedro Antonio Fresquís, Santistevan creates santos that go beyond the carving tradition because of his use of mixed media as well as his sharp sense of humor about the nature of religious art—and Catholicism itself—in Mexican and Mexican-American culture. Santistevan lives in Denver.
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