Carlos Rael's art of religion belongs to the people

By Joshua Pilkington
"Cristo Crucificado" (2015) by Carlos A. Rael
COLORADO---For centuries art has often been connected to religion. Whether it’s art made to worship gods of the East or the West, many of the most famous pieces on display across the world are tied to religion or worship in some way. “Before artists like Michelangelo, Da Vinci and Raphael were commissioned to create pieces that mirrored the experiences of the new world of the 15th and 16th centuries, the art of religion really belonged to the people,” said historian Armahn Matis. Though ancient, religious art is most commonly tied to Europe, Asia and the then-burgeoning empires of the Middle East, artist Carlos Rael added that a form of ancient art in the American continent also bears close ties to religion. The art of the santero.  [link]

Photo courtesy: Carlos A Rael, El Santero Facebook