Carlos A. Rael was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, lived his early life in Colorado, and has lived in Northern New Mexico for 36 years.  Carlos is a decendent of Alonso Rael y Aguilar a member of the DeVargas force in the reconquest of New Mexico.

Carlos began is new career in art following a disabling injury in 1996.  He began carving and painting in the religious art form traditional to Hispanic Northern New Mexico.  A year later Carlos  began a tutorship and friendship with Gustavor Victor Goler, master santero, and Robert Lavadie, master traditional woodworker.  1999 brought Carlos to International Traditional Spanish Market in Santa Fe.


2003 -Honorable mention - Bultos - Spanish Market
2002 - Best of Show, Taos Invites Taos, Taos Fall Arts Festival
           Best of Santos, Taos Invites Taos, Taos Fall Arts Festival
            Award of Recognition, Museum of Fine Arts, Colorado Spgs., Indian~Spanish Market
           Third place, Feria Artista, Albuqerque Fiestas
2000 - Recognitition, Nat'l Endowment of the Arts, Open Studio Project for elsantero.com
2001 - Honorable Mention, Hispanic Arts, N.M. State Fair
1999 - Spanish Market, 2000 Poster Award, Spanish Colonial Arts Society
          - Best of Santos, Taos Invites Taos, Taos Fall Arts Festival
          - Third Place, HIspanic Arts, N.M. State Fair