Eldorado Hotel & Spa is proud to participate in the exciting Santa Fe Artists in Residence program this winter. This Santa Fe art event features an array of artists performing demonstrations within our hotel.

Join us each Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 4 and 7 p.m. in November, December, January and February in our CAVA Santa Fe Lounge to meet these masters and watch them create!


Ricardo Gutierrez Painter

Ricardo Gutierrez - November 2017


Ricardo Gutierrez was born and raised in Miami, Fla., and moved to Santa Fe, N.M.,to pursue his passion for art and design more than 10 years ago.

He has merged these various learned disciplines to create striking contemporary images that are bold, colorful and draw the viewer in.  Typically you can find Gutierrez painting in studio, and working in the gallery.

His works have been displayed locally in Santa Fe businesses, at the Contemporary Spanish Market and in magazine publications in New Mexico and Florida.

Ricardo Studios can be visited at Gallery 1680, 714B Calle Grillo, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505 on online at RicardoGutierrez.net.
Colin and Kristine Poole Painting and sculpture

Colin and Kristine Poole - December 2017


Born into families with artistic lineages, Colin and Kristine Poole have been following their creative paths since childhood. Through their early years, they developed similar passions for representational art and rendering the human figure.  They came separately to Santa Fe over two decades ago. Their paths converged in 2008 when he asked her to dance a Tango. Married in Greece the following year, they combined their artistic talents to develop their current style of classically inspired contemporary realism. They are devoted to their study at museums around the world, making annual pilgrimages to draw inspiration from many diverse genres, artists and periods.

Self-taught as a painter,  Colin has exhibited his paintings and sculptures in over twenty museums 65 galleries across the country. He has worked exclusively as a professional artist since graduating with honors from Connecticut College in 1986 with a major in art and a concentration in sculpture. He continued his professional education apprenticing with master sculptor Una Hanbury, metal sculptor David Smalley and master printmaker Lou Stovall.  Seeking out new means of expression, he quickly discovered his love of oil painting. His works are included in over 350 collections internationally.

Kristine began her professional education at Northern Michigan University. After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in ceramic sculpture, she continued her artistic development apprenticing with master ceramist John Glick and master glass blower Steven Hourigan as well as developing her proficiency in all aspects of the bronze casting process at Shidoni Foundry. Her life-sized clay and bronze figurative work is currently represented exclusively by EVOKE Contemporary in Santa Fe, NM and is included in museum collections and private fine art collections of note around the country.

Their collaborative clay and bronze sculptures have been featured in The Wall Street Journal and have been recognized with awards in various international publications including Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Infected by Art and The International Art Renewal Center Salon among others. Together, they have been commissioned to create works for Spectrum, The Denver ComicCon, The NM Department of Game and Fish, Big Brothers Big Sisters as well as large scale bronze public art works.
Celia Cortez Various media

Celia Cortez - January 2018


Celia Cortz is a native New Mexican artist whose work is inspired from images in her daily life. The intricacies of nature, brilliant flowers in a friend’s front yard, a pine cone on the running path, the shadows of a rock formation all provide inspiration for her work. While she enjoys working with various media, she focuses a good portion of her time working on ink or graphite pieces with “pops” of watercolor incorporated minimally.

Cortez has a degree in Business from University of New Mexico, but has been an artist all her life, learning in childhood from her mother who was also an artist, and studying art in college as electives, and with private teachers since. She went full time as an artist in 2014.

View her botanicals online at CeliaCortez.com.
Jimmy Trujillo Encrusted straw art (straw inlay)

Jimmy Trujillo - February 2018


In early 1984, Jimmy Trujillo was introduced to and became very interested in the New Mexico Spanish Colonial art form of encrusted straw (also known as straw inlay or appliqué) which died out in the late 19th century. Over the years, he has been instrumental in reviving this art form in its original form.

Trujillo is represented in the Smithsonian Institute with an intricately carved wooded matraca made in 1990. Three crosses he has created grace the Museum of International Folk Art's perminent collection, he has three pieces in the American Museum of Straw Art, in Long Beach, Calif., and two of his pieces may be seen as part of the permanent collection of the Millicent Rogers Museum, in Taos, N.M. Other pieces may be seen in the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum, in Burbank, Calif., the Colorado Fine Arts Center (Taylor Collection), in Colorado Springs, Colo., the Denver Art Museum and the Albuquerque Museum. Additionally, his crosses and retablos are in many private collections throughout the United States and around the world.