Arturo Francisco Olivas

Arturo Francisco Olivas, SFO, is a Franciscan secular brother in the Order of St Francis. He is a teacher in the public schools and a catechist in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. As a Franciscan, he strives to combine his vocation to teach and paint with his call to follow St Francis in imitating Christ. He has exhibited his work at Spanish Market since 1994. Among various distinctions for his work, Arturo received the Gerald Peters Award for Best Use of Traditional Materials and Techniques. His work has been collected by several museums including the Museum of International Folk Art, the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, the Denver Museum of Art, the Heard Museum, and the International Marian Research Library. Arturo’s work has been featured in various publications including Tradición Revista, Faces of Faith: Rostros de Fe, Faces of Market, Saints and Seasons, Santos and Saints, L.A. Inside Out, Santa Fe and Taos: Under a Coyote Moon, and Playing Cards of the Apaches. His work is available at the New Mexico History Museum gift store in Santa Fe, Hispaniae in Old Town Albuquerque, and the Faith Works in Albuquerque. Reproductions of his work may be purchased online at