Nicolas Otero

Nicolas Otero Los Lunas NM
Workshop B6: Saints & Saint Makers of New Mexico

Nicolas has been practicing the tradition of Santo making for well over 20 years. Apprenticed by Mater Artists since the age of 16, his body of work had gained significant reputation. Museums, churches and collectors include his work in their collections. The traditional methods including the production of natural pigments and hand carved panels are a constant in his studio. He has also created altar screens which are highly collectable. In addition to this he is also a children’s book illustrator and has garnered several awards, both nationally and internationally. His work is shown in galleries and is featured in a variety of publications. Otero, a teacher by trade is also a researcher and lecture on the subject of santos.