Nicholas Herrera

Born and raised in northern New Mexico on the same land his family has had for near seven generations, he is a self-taught artist working primarily in wood and steel as a contemporary santero (native, self-taught artists / craftsmen historically creating objects of veneration for the church).


His father and grandfather were carvers and his great uncle, Jose Inez Herrera, was a greatly respected santero. Although rooted in traditional carving, his work breaks with tradition using metal and found objects to critique culture with humor, satire and at times political statements.


His work appears primitive on the surface, but it’s very powerful with ideas that are complete and original, and can be found in numerous public and private collections, including: the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Museum of American Folk Art in New York, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, Autry Western Heritage Museum, Harwood Museum, Regis University, Millicent Rogers Museum and Museum of International Folk Art.