The theme for this year’s market is “Migrants and Refugees: Men and Women in Search of Peace.”
Santeros are artisans who specialize in creating devotional art in traditional Spanish colonial styles. These artists are following a 400-year-old tradition from Spain, which began when artists started painting and carving images of Catholic saints. New Mexico and surrounding states are home to many award-winning santeros.
Examples of traditional Spanish art forms include bultos (wood carvings of religious figures in the round); retablos (paintings on wood panels); encrusted straw and straw applique artwork; colcha (traditional embroidery), and tinwork, along with many other genres.