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Tobías “Totón” Herrera Turizo

religious art sculptor, Mompox

Tobías Herrera has followed in the footsteps of his father, a skilled sculptor and carver. Tobías began creating sculptures from clay and plaster. He carved his first wooden sculptures when he was a young man. He is now renowned for his religious polychrome statutes, which form part of the stations of the cross scenes carried in the Mompox Holy Week processions.

"One strives to make everything better, to make a more beautiful sculpture, and to explore inwardly what is in the artist’s soul."

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Tobías “Totón” Herrera Turizo
Tobías “Totón” Herrera Turizo

Tobías Herrera Turizo shows off his wood carving skills.
Photo by Samantha Hawkins, Smithsonian Institution