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 Estella Loretto  (1954 - )

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Lived/Active: New Mexico / Mexico      Known for: sculptor-Native American figure, animal

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
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, for the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Cathedral of St Francis of Asissi.

Other works by Loretto are in the collections of the New Mexico State Capitol, the Albuquerque and Heard Museums. Her work is in many notable private collections including Randy Travis, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, senators Pete Domenici and Ben Nighthorse Campbell.

A resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Loretto ran the Gentle Spirit Gallery in Santa Fe for eight years.

Source: Southwest Art, December 2003

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