Peter Lopez is a master santero artist who was born in the rural town of Las Vegas, New Mexico, in 1940. Today he resides in Montezuma, New Mexico. He has a bachelor’s degree in art education from the University of New Mexico. He spent four years in the Marine Corps and worked a number of years for the New Mexico State Department of Labor. He has two daughters, five grandsons and one great grandson. He has been an active artist with the Spanish Colonial Arts Society for the last twenty-two years.