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.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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