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The Spanish Colonial Art Society of Santa Fe has contributed significantly to the substance of Spanish colonial arts in Santa Fe and has been a leader in the revitalization of traditional Hispanic arts culture since it was founded. Pete is an active participant in the society and participates annually at their Spanish Market each July.  Father Ben Ortega was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Spanish Market, and his work has received widespread recognition by becoming a part of the permanent collection in the Smithsonian Institute. Along with his siblings, Pete hopes to preserve his family legacy for generations to come. Winner of multiple Santa Fe Spanish Market awards, Pete was named a “Legacy Artist” for the city’s 400th anniversary, and given Phoenix Home & Gardens Magazine’s 2011 Master of the Southwest Award, Pete Ortega is already a legend. 


If you are interested in commissioning Pete to carve a Santeros religious figure of your own, contact him on his Facebook page or visit his website at


Check out the article on Pete Ortega from the Albuquerque Journal



Contact Pete

Pete Ortega will carve any Saint or animal upon request! If you are interested in a commission, use the contact form below to send El Nicho a message and we will get in touch with you. Please include instructions for building your custom order. 



Click here for a list of Patron Saints and their associated occupations and meanings.


Prices range from $50 for a small carving up to over $400 based on size and complexity. Use the form above to request a quote and include the size you desire. 


227 Don Gaspar Ave
Santa Fe, NM 87501



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