Carlos Rael: a santero’s artistic and spiritual journey

The most unexpected roads lead to art and the discovery of one’s true vocation. Originally published in Taos News Carlos Rael had been a paint contractor for most of his adult life when a back injury left him bedridden and unable to go back to his trade. “I prayed for God’s help and began to draw…

Lorrie Garcia, a Marian Santera

Image and story originally published in Taos News Photo: Katharine Egli Some artists discover their vocation early in life. Others blossom somewhat later, embracing a second or third career and excelling at it. Lorrie Garcia, a Master santera from Peñasco, is living proof that success is worth the wait. Garcia taught at the Peñasco High…

Santos Y Mas—saints, retablos, paintings and more

Originally published in Taos News Santos Y Mas is a unique store, not only because of the handmade santos sold there but also due to the “mas” part. You can find more than wooden saints in this Arroyo Seco shop. From the ceramic Christmas ornaments, available year-round, to the furniture, clothes and other consignment pieces…

Santos with a twist

Originally published in The Taos News   Fotos/Tina Larkin Gustavo Victor Goler is a well-known santero. Had this statement been made in his native Argentina, people would have thought that he was a practitioner of Santeria — a syncretic faith that blends African religions and Catholicism. But a santero here in New Mexico, and only…