Sabinita Lopez-Ortiz

Cordova, NM
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Sabinita Lopez Ortiz is a third generation wood carver from the northern New Mexico village of Cordova.Her carvings have been displayed at the Smithonian, the Taylor Museum for Southwestern Studies and many more

Sabinita Lopez Ortiz-- continues the tradition of her grandfather, Jose Dolores Lopez, who founded the "School of Cordova" carving. She and her family continue to live and work in the original family compound in the small Northern New Mexican village of Cordova. Sabinita is the daughter of Ricardo Lopez (son of Jose Dolores Lopez); she was adopted by her uncle George Lopez (also a son of Jose Dolores Lopez).


Following the tradition of unpainted, unadorned, chip-carved bultos she is continuing into the third generation of carvers and has taught her children and grandchildren to carve. Sabinita was accepted into Spanish Market in 1987 and has major pieces shown at the Smithsonian, The Taylor Museum for Southwestern Studies, the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art in Santa Fe and the Museum of Anthropology in Albuquerque to name a few.