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2018 Masters Award for Lifetime Achievement Recipient: Carlos J. Otero

2018 Masters Award for Lifetime Achievement Recipient
Carlos José Otero (Painted Bultos, Retablos, Painted Reliefs, Gesso Reliefs)

The Recipient for the 2018 Masters Award for Lifetime Achievement has been awarded to Carlos José Otero,
a 23-year participant of Traditional Spanish Market and Winter Spanish Market.

The Los Lunas native is an accomplished santero who has won 4 Best of Show awards, along with numerous first-place honors and other awards in Spanish Market. He has been a member of the prestigious Spanish Colonial Arts Society since 1996 and participated in every summer and winter show since then.

Otero is a true traditional artist who grinds his own earth pigments and makes varnish from piñon sap and gesso from gypsum and rabbit-hide glue before carving and painting each piece. A retired Albuquerque Public Schools teacher of Spanish, New Mexico culture, tradition, architecture and industrial technologies, he has continued to make presentations and performances to children and adults on his favorite topics-New Mexico history, art, culture, tradition and genealogy. He is an award-winning poet and composer who has written corridas, entregas (advice for newlyweds), and marchas (traditional wedding marches).

Otero served in Vietnam in 1967-68. Upon returning, he married Vicki Sedillo y Chavez de Otero in 1970. The two are direct descendants of many of the founding families of Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Alameda, Tomé, Los Chaves, and Los Griegos. The couple is part of the music ministry for the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Peralta, where Otero made the 14-by-14-foot reredo, altar, and angel candles.

1987 – Horacio Valdez
1988 – Emilio and Senaida Romero
1989 – Paula and Eliseo Rodriguez
1990 – Leo Salazar
1991 – Angelina Delgado Martinez
1992 – Marie Romero Cash
1993 – Tomas Sena
1994 – Monica Sosaya Halford
1995 – Ben Ortega, Sr.
1996 – Frank Brito
1997 – Ricardo Lopez
1998 – Zoraida and Eulogio Ortega
1999 – Bonifacio Sandoval
2000 – Sabinita Lopez Ortiz
2001 – Cordelia Coronado (1988) and Eppie Archuleta (1990)
2002 – Carlos Santistevan
2003 – David C. de Baca
2004 – John Jimenez
2005 – Irvin Trujillo
2006 – Charles Carrillo
2007 – Felix Lopez
2008 – Ramon Jose Lopez
2009 – Gloria Lopez Cordova
2010 – Belarmino Esquibel
2011 – Ralph Sena
2012 – Arlene Cisneros Sena
2013 – Jimmy E. Trujillo
2014 – Debbie Carrillo
2015 – Lawrence Baca
2016 – Gustavo Victor Goler
2017 – Mel Rivera
2018 – Carlos José Otero

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