b.1950, Agua Fria, New Mexico; lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico
I see my work as an extension of the Hispano folk art tradition that was established in New Mexico in the 17th century and has continued to develop here during the past 400 years. My approach is to bring that tradition up-to-date so that it reflects and comments upon the religious, political, and social issues that are important in today’s world.”
In addition to his work as a sculptor and printmaker, Tapia makes and restores furniture and constructs and restores reredos (altar screens) for churches in northern New Mexico. He was one of the participating santero artists in Tamarind’s Shared Traditions project in 1998. His chosen saint was another artist, and he made this lithograph to honor Frida Kahlo.
image: 2020, Santa Fe, NM. Photo © Jack Parsons.