Art at Kuaua

Spanish Colonial Nativity


” Most of the time, I work with the idea of something, rather than with its photo, because I feel it hampers my inspiration, and then I’m not happy with the final product.” 

Traditional woodcarver Jose Canil Ramos created this beautiful nativity from pine, weathered and dried during the summer months.  The characters’ brilliant orange robes, purple cloaks, and smiling faces  are painted by hand with gessoed tempra.  In his carving, Ramos preserves a tradition brought to New Mexico by the Spanish during the Colonial period of our history.

The Nativity was a gift from the Friends of Coronado Historic Site.

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