René Zamora was born in Santa Fe on August 22nd, 1955, with a family lineage on his mother’s side tracing back to Don Diego de Vargas. Zamora traces his artistic heritage back to his grandfather, builder Medardo Ortiz, and to his mother, art teacher Dene Ortiz-Zamora. Zamora credits his father Filemon Zamora with instilling him with strong traditions of family and faith.
Zamora began his career with a woodworking course at the “Vo-Tech” program of Santa Fe High School. He worked professionally as a contractor, working both the residential and the commercial side of the industry. In 1997, he took a blacksmithing class taught by Frank Turley. By 2002, Zamora participated in his first Spanish Market. In 2005, he began providing blacksmithing instruction at Ghost Ranch. Since 2002, he has won numerous awards and has collaborated with many artists, most notably with Camilla Trujillo of San Pedro with their chocolatera pieces.