Arturo Chavez Biography


  Arturo Chavez was born in 1949 in Embudo , New Mexico near Taos .  He was raised amid the spectacular vistas of  Northern New Mexico .  Chavez is dedicated to preserving the landscape, by painting it...Chavez painted throughout his youth, but did not turn to art as a full-time career until the 1980s.  Since then, he has received international recognition for his landscapes, including exhibtions in the US embassies in Moscow , Croatia and Guyana . Publicly, Chavez' works can be seen as part of the permanent collections at New Mexico State University, The Bernalillo County Courthouse, The Santa Fe Capitol Collection, the Taos National Guard, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center. His work is also in corporate collections around the world including Ebner International in Linz , Austria , Fuji Electric in Japan and the permanent collection of Burlington Northern Railway.

Like many gifted artists, Chavez is also a talented musician--he studied classical concert guitar at the University of New Mexico .  He also was a mission pilot for the civil air patrol.

In his artistic process, Arturo Chavez uses a combination of on location studies coupled with many compositional drawings and intermediate painting studies he creates in his studio to arrive at a finished painting for exhibition in a gallery or a museum.  Arturo has garnered many awards including: 

2005 National Park Service, Arts for the Parks Bronze Medal

2000-2006 New Mexico Art in Public Places, Acclaimed Artists Series (5 purchase awards)

2006 Hubbard Museum of the American West, Western Artists of America , Best of Show Award

2007 Hubbard Museum of the American West, Western Artists of America , Best of Show Award and Gold Medal

2008 Eiteljorg Museum of the American West, Quest for the West Show, Featured Speaker 

2009 Best of Show (Victor Higgins Work of Distinction), Eiteljorg Museum

2010 Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase, Award Eiteljorg Museum

Arturo is currently represented by:

Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe , NM

Mountain Trails Gallery in Sedona , AZ and Jackson Hole , WY