Fernando Estévez

This sculptor was born in La Orotava in 1788, where he taught the Franciscan monks at the San Lorenzo monastery. A calm, sober man, Estévez showed signs of his extraordinary artistic talent from a very early age, and received the guidance of Fray Antonio López who had noticed his ability. In 1805, he received lessons from the master Luján in Las Palmas, where he soon rose to become the finest sculptor in Tenerife. One of his most symbolic works is the Virgen de la Candelaria that is worshipped at the Basilica of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria. Coincidentally, Fernando Estévez died on 14 August 1854, on the eve of the celebrations in honour of that Virgin. More of Estévez's religious work can be admired in Tenerife's various Catholic churches, including Jesús Preso in the church of La Concepción in La Laguna, which is powerfully expressive, and La Inmaculada inside that same parish, as well as La Piedad in El Calvario de La Orotava and San Pedro in the church of La Concepción. Estévez is the supreme representative of Neoclassical art on the Canary Islands.