FELIPE BENITO ARCHULETA Felipe Benito Archuleta Main < BACK

Felipe Benito Archuleta was born in Santa Cruz in 1910 and went by wagon to Colorado (two days each way) to pick potatoes in the summer; and he picked chiles in the fall. Later he herded sheep and, during the Depression, worked as a line cook in various CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) camps. In 1939 Archuleta gave up his semi-nomadic life and moved to Santa Fe, where he took a job as a fry-cook at La Fonda Hotel. He also played drums with a Hispanic combo at dances and cabarets.

Archuleta learned carpentry and joined the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America in 1943. He took great pride in his work and always left his signature on each job site. In 1964, however, Archuleta had a major disagreement with the carpenters union. He had seven children to feed, and felt that, because of his tenure in the union, he should be guaranteed steady work and not have to travel, but no guarantees were forthcoming. This marked a turning point in his life, and it was then on that he began to carve. Archuleta said that during this period of conflict, the Lord appeared to him and said, "Carve wood." Archuleta replied, "I am not worthy to be a santero. So I will carve animals."

In the 1970s, the Museum of American Folk Art in Santa Fe put an Archuleta menagerie on display, and soon collectors of southwestern folk art besieged him. The inspiration for his animals is from his own observations, and also from the National Geographic magazines. He is known for making his animals rough and fierce; they often have long sharp claws and snarling mouths filled with big white teeth. Feilpe Archuleta carved his last sculpture in 1987, due to his progressing arthritis, and he passed away in 1991.



Copyright 2005 Orange Hill Art Inc. Site Map Home Terms and Conditions


Jesse AaronBio   Ab The FlagmanBio   Josefina AguilarBio  
Butch AnthonyBio   Leroy Ramon ArchuletaBio   Felipe Benito ArchuletaBio  
Zebedee "Z.B." ArmstrongBio   Eldren M. (E.M.) BaileyBio   Rutherford Tubby BrownBio  
Archie ByronBio   Ned CartledgeBio   Elpida ChaconBio  
Maurice ClabaughBio   Chris ClarkBio   Raymond CoinsBio  
Silas DekindBio   Gerald "Creative" DePrieBio   Alva Gene DexheimerBio  
Thornton Dial, Sr.Bio   Sam DoyleBio   Larry EdmistonBio  
William FieldsBio   Howard FinsterBio   FitzBio  
Stanley GreerBio   Scott GriffinBio   Ralph GriffinBio  
Dilmus HallBio   Joe HardinBio   Lonnie HolleyBio  
A. HOPBio   Danny The Bucket Man HoskinsonBio   Kevin HouseBio  
Mr. ImaginationBio   Toby IveyBio   James Harold JenningsBio  
S.L. JonesBio   Clyde JonesBio   Mary KleinBio  
Maurice Geo. KlyneBio   C.M. LasterBio   Whitney LeeBio  
Joe LightBio   Ronald LockettBio   Sam MartinBio  
Willie MasseyBio   Johnnie McDonaldBio   Casey McGlynnBio  
Columbus "Dude" McGriffBio   Harold McNaronBio   R.A. MillerBio  
Joe MinterBio   Louis MonzaBio   Sister Gertrude MorganBio  
Karl MullenBio   James G. MundieBio   None NoneBio  
Ben ParmenterBio   R.A. ParsellesBio   B.F. PerkinsBio  
Aaron "Lefty" PetersBio   Elijah PierceBio   Missionary Mary ProctorBio  
Sarah RakesBio   Calvin RamseyBio   Roger RiceBio  
Prophet Royal RobertsonBio   Robert RuckmanBio   Valentine "Val" RussellBio  
Sean "Purl" SamoheylBio   O.L. SamuelsBio   Lorenzo ScottBio  
Mary T. SmithBio   Lewis SmithBio   Cedric SmithBio  
Joey SmollenBio   James A. "Buddy" SnipesBio   SokolskyBio  
Jimmy Lee SudduthBio   Willie James TickingBio   Mose TolliverBio  
Annie TolliverBio   John Henry ToneyBio   UnknownBio  
Hubert WaltersBio   Mertice WestBio   Grace WhiteBio  
J.D. WilkesBio   Ruby C. WilliamsBio   Purvis YoungBio  

Folk Art Drawing  Folk Art Furniture   Folk Art Mixed Media  Folk Art Painting  
Folk Art Printmaking  Folk Art Quilt   Folk Art Sculpture  Folk Art Sideshow Banners  
Orange Hill Artists, self-taught artists, folk artists, visionary artists, outsider artists
Folk Art Gallery  About Folk Art  Outsider Art Gallery  Visionary Art Gallery  Self-Taught Art Gallery  
Atlanta Folk Art Gallery  Outsider Art  Visionary Art  Self-Taught Art  Primitive Art  Naive Art  


Sports Tickets
Masters Badges and Ticket Packages