Rufino Loya RivasEl Paso, Texas


A slideshow containing images by photographer Fred Scruton.

Southwest Region


Rufino Loya Rivas (1933 – 2022)

La Casa De Azúcar; The Sugar House

Art Type or Medium: Architectural; Environment/Installation; Sculpture

Status: completed or nearly complete

Viewable: yes

Secular or Religious: Religious

After retiring from Levi Strauss factory work in 1995, Rufino Loya Rivas set out to improve the modest family house he and his wife were able to afford in 1973.  With no art or construction training in his background, he taught himself masonry and metalworking skills and has created a spiritually uplifting environment that contrasts remarkably with the droning elevated highway above.  Despite the relentless Texas sun, every surface remains fresh and pristine looking.  Many of the sculptures and much of the house is visible form the public sidewalks.  The house and grounds are private property.

La Casa de Azúcar SPACES page

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