Whether it is a bear roaming the forest, a skier plummeting in snow, or people walking through town, artist David V. Gonzales paints with zeal and vitality. “The essential ingredient to create a spontaneous flow of color and movement in my artwork”, says Gonzales “is to work everywhere at once”. You may have seen his work on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta or the USA Pro Challenge poster, or represented on other national and international media. Recently, Lindsey Vonn, the World Cup and Olympian champion out bid eight other people to acquire a Gonzales painting. Join us June 22nd and 23rd for hors d'oeuvres and refreshments as Gonzales performs a live-demo.
David V. Gonzales was born on February 3, 1971 on a U.S. Air Force Base in Wiesbaden, Germany. He grew up in Santa Fe, N.M. enjoying the benefits of belonging to a large and closely-knit extended family. His family has been well rooted in the area for 5 generations, which include many well known artists. “As far back as I can remember, I have been working with art materials to create something based upon my observations.” (David V. Gonzales) It was evident in his youth that Gonzales was a gifted and talented artist. By the time he was 17, his work was on display in the Smithsonian, the U.S. Capitol Congressional Tunnel, and the Governor’s Mansion in Santa Fe, N.M. This has lead to his works being included in several national and international museum traveling exhibits. Throughout Gonzales’ career, his artwork has received numerous prestigious awards and has been awarded as the official artist for several national and international festival and sporting events. Gonzales’ early work reflects his heritage, rich in Native American and Hispanic Cultural Traditions, but quickly expanded to include many styles and a multitude of mediums. Using oils, acrylics, watercolor, pencils, pastels, wood, and bronze, Gonzales has created 2 and 3 dimensional pieces ranging from photo-realism to abstract. He masterfully expresses his fascination with relative objects moving through space and time. It is this movement of related things that unifies his diverse body of work. It is what makes his art unique and easily recognizable. His work is not a static representation of a single moment in time; rather they are more like living entities with a past, present, and future, ever moving and unfolding. David V. Gonzales is the culmination of the artistic talent that has moved throughout his family for generations.