Estella Loretto is active/lives in New Mexico / Mexico. Estella Loretto is known for sculptor-Native American figure, animal.
Biography Estella Loretto
After being accepted into the Institute of American Indian Arts at the age of sixteen, Estella Loretto ran away to school rather than let her parents keep her at home. After only one semester Loretto won a fellowship to study abroad. She went to Belgium and there began satisfying her natural love of travel and exploration of foreign cultures. Loretto continued her studies in Oaxaca, India and Nepal.
In 1991 Loretto began an apprenticeship with Allan Houser, her former teacher at IAIA, that lasted until his death in 1994. Houser taught the artist to do monumental sculpture. In 2002 she was commissioned by the archbishop of Santa Fe to make a statue of Kateri Tekawitha, a 17th century Mohawk woman who was beatified by Pope John Paul, f
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