ABOUT THE ARTIST

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.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

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

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