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Folk Art Wood Carvings by Hector Rascon
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Hand-carved wooden figures by one of New Mexico's best-known folk artists

Choose from San Pasqual, St. Francis, Nativity Scene and Angels

Santo is a traditional New Mexican style of religious sculpture. The word "santo" is also used to refer to individual works in this style. Santos are carvings, either in wood or ivory, that depict saints, angels, or other religious figures.

Hector Rascon specializes in carving santos and angels from cottonwood and aspen trees. He uses a chainsaw, eight very sharp chisels, and a band saw. His creations feature incredibly sensitive, soulful faces, and they reflect his spirit in their eyes. (Some folks say Hector's santos looks like Hector!)

About the artist: Hector Rascon is one of the best-known living Hispanic folk artists in New Mexico. His carvings are shown in galleries throughout the Southwest. He learned to carve santos from Benjamin Ortega, who is perhaps New Mexico's most famous carver. In 1977 Hector began carving his own creations, and he has passed the art form down to his son, who now assists Hector. Hector was recently asked to carve over 3,000 angels for the World Trade Center memorial to the victims of 9/11.

  • No two pieces are exactly alike - each an original work of art
  • Signed by the artist

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