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December 16 -
March 2, 2018
Postwar and Contemporary Art

Patricinio Barela


In 1937 Time Magazine proclaimed him the “discovery of the year.”

As a self-taught wood carver, he became the first Mexican American artist to receive national recognition.[2]  His cedar carvings are expressive of the rich Indo-Hispano heritage of Northern New Mexico.  He has been called the Picasso of the West.  Artistically, his carvings are an evolution of the santero into the world of Modern Art.