Treasured Placitas Artist
35th Anniversary Season 2021—2022
The Placitas Artists Series is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
This project is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs,
Karl Hofmann is the first in a series of visual artists that will be honored
by the Placitas Artists Series. Throughout the year PAS will give special
attention to our treasured local artist by offering artworks specially
produced by Karl for our patrons, and exhibited on a monthly basis. He
produced the image for this year’s website and program.
Karl taught humanities and art at universities around the country. In 1976
he settled with his wife, Mary, in Placitas among other artists in this
unique community. He taught at Sandia Prep School for 19 years and
produced pottery for art fairs. He thinks of his pottery as New Mexico
landscapes and hopes that, like the mesas, they will last in their beauty
and usefulness. Since retiring from teaching he has developed his many
skills by attending printmaking and pastel workshops.
Karl says, “My work is based on personal experiences. I am process-
oriented. I enjoy seeing a lump of clay evolve into a shape, or the various
blocks of linocut come together to produce an image, or the layers of
pastel merge into a landscape. Ceramic glazes have now morphed into
painterly effects found in my prints and pastels.”
Image Used with Permission
© Karl Hofmann- All Rights Reserved