When he was fifteen, his mother convinced him to try clay; his first figure was a bear, and it sold before it had dried. With his mother's encouragement, he continued making figures, and eventually attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. His mentor and cousin, Felix Vigil, taught him to look inside himself for inspiration.
Although Cajero continues to make the smiling koshari figures he is internationally known for, he constantly strives to challenge himself with fresh ideas, new techniques and imagery. His recent bronze figure work has led to the opening of new creative doors for the artist. "It seems I've been developing my skills . . . to lead me to work in bronze, and working with bronze has enhanced my skills with natural clay."
Cajero resides in the small community of Placitas, New Mexico. He enjoys golfing, fishing, bow hunting, camping and a daily workout.
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Althea grew up around talented artist who inspired her to attend jewelry making classes that have taught her to fabricate and cast with silver!