Gabriel Vigil


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Artist Name: Gabriel Vigil

Medium: Santero

Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Archangel RafaelGabriel Vigil began exhibiting at the Santa Fe Spanish Market as a youth exhibitor at the age of seventeen and has participated in Spanish Market every year since 1994, showing Retablos and Bultos. In 2004 Gabriel won first place in the small retablos category and in 2005, he was awarded second place. In 2006, he was awarded second place and honorable mention in 2007. In 2008, Gabriel won the Spanish Market Poster Award sponsored by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society.

Gabriel has conducted lectures and demonstrations for museums, including the Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts and various colleges and churches throughout the United States. In 2008, Gabriel was a guest lecturer for the Dolle Lecture at Saint Meinrad School of Theology. Gabriel teaches workshops at the Santa Fe Public Schools sponsored by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society.

Our Lady of CarmelGabriel has completed numerous commissions for private collections, including retablos and reredos for the Denver Folk Art Museum and the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1998 Gabriel and his brother Gilbert Vigil were commissioned by the city of Santa Fe for a retablo of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, which was presented to Hillary Rodham Clinton. The retablo is now part of the Smithsonian Collection. Other commissioned works by Gabriel include life-size paintings of The Stations of The Cross and murals for St Thomas Aquinas Church in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as various churches throughout the Southwest.

Galleries where Gabriel has exhibited his art are: El Potrero Trading Post in Chimayo, New Mexico, Good Hands Gallery, Montez Gallery, Gallery 10, and Rancho de las Golondrinas in Santa Fe, New Mexico, John Isaac's Gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Blue Sage Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. and the Denver Folk Art Museum, Denver Colorado.

Our Lady of Sorrows" Being a Santero is a blessing because it is an art of my culture, tradition, and my Catholic religion. I have studied the saints and their lives, and in doing so, I have learned that it is an honor to produce my version of their earthly being. I am fortunate to be a santero of present day because this art form originated centuries ago in Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. There are only a handful of santeros today who produce this religious art in its traditional art form. It is my calling to keep this art form alive so that it is not forgotten or lost."


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