Rosina López de Short

Santa Fe, NM
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Rosina Lopez de Short was born in Santa Fe and graduated from Santa Fe High School in the class of 1954.  She then went on to graduate from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and began her career as a teacher.  She was an instructor of history and art at Pojoaque High School for 27 years.


While teaching, Rosina developed a curriculum for the study and creation of traditional Hispanic devotional art. She has said that she grew up with very little knowledge of the art form and found the curriculum development a great experience for herself as well as her students. Some of her students have gone on to participate in the Spanish Market where they have received numerous awards and recognition.


Rosina retired from her teaching career in 1985 and by 1987 she was juried into the Spanish Colonial Art Society, recognized for her beautiful retablos. She has participated in Spanish Market for more than 30 years.


Throughout her life and travels, Rosina has observed many lifestyles and cultures, and to her, none overshadow the history and art forms of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.

Rosina Lopez de Short. Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, 2011. entire piece: 14 × 7 × 1 1/2 in. (35.6 × 17.8 × 3.8 cm).Courtesy of the Artist