Felipe Archuleta

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Felipe Benito Archuleta
Born Felipe Benito Archuleta
(1910-08-23)August 23, 1910
Santa Cruz, New Mexico
Died 1991 (81 years old)
Tesuque, New Mexico
Nationality American

Felipe Benito Archuleta (1910–1991) was an Hispanic artist who worked mostly in New Mexico. Felipe Benito Archuleta grew up poor. He left school at an early age to work as a field hand and later as a stonemason, cook, and for many years a carpenter.[1] His Spanish heritage exposed him to "bulto" making, the shaping of wooden religious figures used in shrines.[2] In 1967, unable to find work, Felipe prayed to God to alleviate his poverty and desperation. His subsequent religious awakening led to his work as a carver of animals.[3] Felipe is best known for his animal sculptures that emphasize the ferocious nature of the animals he portrays by providing them with irregularly carved teeth, wide-eyed stares, and exaggerated snouts and genitals.[3]

Felipe Archuletas' artwork

Archuleta carved his last major work in the Spring of 1987 due to suffering from arthritis.[4]


  1. ^ "Philadelphia Museum of Art - Exhibitions - "Great and Mighty Things": Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection". philamuseum.org. Retrieved 2014-05-31. 
  2. ^ "Felipe Archuleta - Artist, Fine Art, Auction Records, Prices, Biography for Felipe Benito Archuleta". Askart.com. 2002-01-18. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  3. ^ a b "Felipe Archuleta / American Art". Americanart.si.edu. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  4. ^ Rosenak, Chuck and Jan (1990). Museum of International Folk Art Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century American Folk Art and Artists. New York: Abbeville. p. 36. ISBN 1558590412.