Aaron Lopez Bautista

Born in Mexico City to an Aztec-Spanish mother and a Mixtec Indian father, Aaron is a self-taught artist. As a child he was mesmerized by rocks, branches, nails and pieces of wood from which he made his own toys. An ancient piece of leather he saw in his youth inspired him to begin working in leather, ever since he has tried to recreate the ancient with his modern designs. Aaron made Santa Fe his home in 1999, and has been part of the artist community here ever since. Only working with native tanned leather, there is no chemical processing in his artworks. His braided pieces incorporate fashion, form, history and community.