Roxanne Shaw-Galindo started making devotional art in 1994, at the age of 14. She learned how to paint from her mother Catherine Robles-Shaw. Roxanne watched her mom paint for three years before she finally picked up a paint brush. They would talk about saints and the traditional process that goes along with creating retablos.
Catherine's first year in Spanish Market was 1995 and Roxanne was not yet in the youth market but was allowed to sell her first 5 retablos at her mother's booth. In 1996 Roxanne received the Judges Award for Unusual Creativity for an Adam and Eve retablo and a Purchase Award for a Flight into Egypt retablo at Spanish Market. Both pieces are in permanent collection at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts. Roxanne received third place in the 1997 Spanish Market for a triptych retablo. In 1998, she received an award for Best Retablo in her age division (13-17) for a large piece featuring Guadalupe, San Miguel, San Rafael, San Gabriel, and Guardian Angel.
Our Lady of Talpa Altar. 2020. Natural pibments, wood.Courtesy of Nicolas Otero.
In 1999, Roxanne did a Developing Artist program offered by SCAS where she did an apprenticeship under Gustavo Victor Goler. During the time spent together they focused on the techniques of planning and carving a retablo boards. They analyzed the works done by the old master Santeros by visiting the collection of Larry Frank, the author of New Kingdom of Saints. To view the modern styles and techniques used by modern day Santeros they visited Good Hands Gallery in Santa Fe and Charles Carrillo art studio. She also learned many more traditional techniques from her cousin Rubel Jaramillo.
Roxanne entered as an adult in Spanish Market in 2000, where she received a First Place Award in Altar screens. In 2003, she received another First Place Altar screen Award at Spanish Market, for a 16" x 26" altar shown with Santa Teresa de Avila, Santo Nino, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, N.S. de Purisima Concepcion, and San Antonio. Roxanne received a First Place and a Honorable Mention Award for Large Retablos in 2004 at Spanish.Market. In 2005, she won 2nd place Large Retablos. Roxanne won Best of Show 2007 at El Museo de las Americas; The Altar Girls Exhibit . She also won First Place in the San Pasqual Catagory at Spanish Market, 2007. In 2010, she won 1st place in Altarscreens for a beautiful carved altar with 6 saints.
Roxanne now resides in Nederland, CO where she continues to create her retablos and altarscreens. Each year Roxanne notices that her carvings and painting are continuously improving and that she has grown so much as an artist since she started as a teenager. She also has been working at the Boulder Medical Center as a medical records clerk since 1999. She has carved several bultos and plans to expand her carving horizon. She attended college for a couple of years. She married Anthony Galindo and now are proud parents of Jordan Catherine Galindo and Anthony Walker Galindo.