About: Artists



Los Angeles artist Lita Albuquerque is the designer of the Gateway Pool and Water Wall near the Shepherd's Gate entrance to the Plaza of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Her art symbolizes the Scripture passage of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well and promising her that "I am the living water," that He would wash away her sins.
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Johnny Bear Contreras from San Pasqual Indian Reservation in Valley Center, California, is the designer and sculptor for the "Spirit of the Earth" Native American Memorial in the Plaza of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. He is a member of the Kumeyaay tribe of San Diego and first realized he wanted to be an artist while playing in the orange grove of his family's ranch.
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Max DeMoss designed and fabricated the Dedication Candle Holders in the nave of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and the sconces, tabernacle and sanctuary lamp for the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. He specializes in sculpture for sacred spaces.
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Lalo Garcia is the artist for the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the north Plaza wall of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. He also served as a member of the Arts and Furnishings Committee for the Cathedral. His unique talents, his love for native culture and his commitment to preserving the folklore of Mexico are reflected in his work.
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Robert Graham is the designer and sculptor for the Great Bronze Doors and the Statue of Our Lady of the Angels for the Cathedral. Born Roberto Carlos Peña Graham in 1938 in Mexico City to an American mother and a Mexican father, he moved to the United States and became an American citizen in 1952. He considers himself fortunate to have had a protected childhood with his mother, grandmother and aunt, who "took turns being my mother," he recalls. "Anything I did, I was celebrated for. I probably could have been a criminal and they would have liked it!"
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Artist John Nava is the designer of the tapestries in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. His central commission is the Communion of Saints, comprising 25 tapestries with 135 over life-size saints from throughout history and from all parts of the world.
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Artist Marirose Jelicich is the designer of the Liturgical Vessels and Processional Sets for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. The simple elegance and timelessness of her designs enhances aesthetic awareness in the worshipping Christian community.
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M.L. Snowden is the designer and sculptor of the gilded bronze Altar Angels that wrap and float around the base of the marble altar in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. She also designed the twelve-foot, half ton silver Los Angeles Angel Frieze in the Cathedral's Visitor's Center.
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The Judson Studios, one of the most renowned and oldest liturgical studios in North America, is responsible for the creation of the Donor Wall, Mausoleum Angels and the refurbishing of St. Vibiana's Cathedral's stained glass windows in the Mausoleum of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
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Simon Toparovsky is the designer and sculptor for the main altar, life-size crucifix for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. He is an artist of Los Angeles and Lake Como, Italy and this has been his first liturgical commission.
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Liturgical artist Jefferson Tortorelli designed and constructed the Cathedra, Ambo, Ambry and Presider's Chair for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. A modern, Liturgy Visual Arts national award winner, his work focuses exclusively on pieces used in community worship spaces.
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