Colorado & Regional Art

Nuestra Señora Lamenta por Sus Niños, Victimas de Nuestra Violencia

Nuestra Señora Lamenta por Sus Niños, Victimas de Nuestra Violencia

Year 1995

Artist José Raul Esquibel (b. 1944, American)

Media wood

Dimensions 23 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches

José Raul Esquibel was born in Littleton, Colorado in 1944. He received a BA from Regis University in 1965 and an MA in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University in 1972. After retiring from a career in the federal government and wanting to reconnect with his heritage, Esquibel became a santero, a carver of wood religious icons known as “santos,” in 1992. His work is influenced by his Catholic faith and his roots in northern New Mexico. In addition to wood carving he is a historian and lecturer and gives presentations on the history and meaning of the centuries-old santos tradition. In this piece he updates tradition with current events, lamenting the violence in our modern society. The title translates to Our Lady Grieves for Her Children, Victims of Our Violence. On the back the artist inscribed, “Nuestra Señora de los Dolores con Smith and Wesson, M539 9mm eight shot auto pistol.” [Our Lady of Sorrows with Smith and Wesson, M539 9mm eight shot auto pistol.]

ON VIEW in Visitor Lounge 18

Signature Signed "par José Raul Esquibel 95" verso

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number 2007.0972