Peter Ortega was born in Tesuque, New Mexico in the adobe home that formerly held the family gallery El Dulce Hogar (Home Sweet Home) to the world-renowned Santero Ben Ortega and Isabelle Ortega. His ancestors are of Spanish descent, which is important to the history of his folk art that is known both nationally and internationally.
It was from Peter’s late father whom he received his training and mentorship some forty-five years ago. I learned everything from my father says Peter; “he was a very patient man, he was truly my inspiration”. A visit to the showroom in Santa Fe today displays photos of Ben Senior smiling out over the carvings with his patient eyes and warm smile.
Each carving begins with a trip to the woodpile. With his trained eye, Peter puts his skills, passion, heart and soul into each piece using the same tools he has used for decades. Dedication to quality, crafts-man ship and a sincere desire to bring happiness to people shows through in each finished carving. The distinct style of this master Santero proudly carries on the Ben Ortega family tradition. NOTE/ images below courtesy of Daniel Nadelbach | Santa Fe New Mexico.
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