- ARTIST STATEMENT -
"My inspiration to paint comes from many things in life. Whether it is bears roaming the forest or activity in the city, there is a certain beauty that I see in both extremes. I love painting the same way an athlete would move; full of energy and vitality. Painting with acrylics allows me to quickly layer colors and captures the swift motion of life. Working everywhere at once and keeping that enthusiastic element alive in my art is an essential ingredient to create a spontaneous flow of color and movement in my artwork.
As a person who lives on this beautiful planet, I endeavor to treat it's inhabitants with love and respect and to weave these practice into every aspect of my life. I am a vegan and commute on a bicycle just about everywhere I go. Being active and healthy is a vital component in order to create my artwork optimally. It is important that the art materials I work with come from places that are either made in the USA and or from businesses that are eco-conscious and practice sustainable ways to lessen their foot print on the planet. My paintings are created on organic cotton canvas or Ampersand's Museum Certified panels whose products are from sustainable forests and handmade in the USA."
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, such as wood carver Ben Ortega and weavers Jose and Pedro Rodriguez from the Canyon Road District. “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. He attended St. Catherine’s Indian School in Santa Fe and began exhibiting his work at the young age of 12. By the time he was 17, his work was on display in the Smithsonian and simultaneously received the New Mexico Governor’s Award. His art was on display at our Nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C., as well as the Governor's Mansion in Santa Fe, N.M. Gonzales received a full scholarship to the San Antonio Art Institute. His works have been included in several National Museum Traveling Exhibits and an International Exhibit where his art was displayed next to the artwork of Keith Haring who is famous for his contribution to the Pop Art Movement.
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.
In 1997 Gonzales moved to Colorado after falling in love with the small town of Manitou Springs. It was there that he began to masterfully express 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. This artist in motion is a true creative genius.
RECENT DISTINCTIONS AND AWARDS:
Collaborated with 3 Time Tour de France Legend, Greg LeMond to help raise money for inner city youth.
Will be featured in a Warren Miller Film with film star, Chris Anthony. The film is a documentary about he 10th Mountain Division.
Had worked exhibited in the Smithsonian at age 17.
Was nominated as "One of the Top Ten Artists" in the country.
Official artists for the USA Pro Challenge and numerous other sporting and festival events.
Recipient for the New Mexico Governor's Award.
Received a Best of Show Award through a National Plein Air competition in Jackson Hole, WY.
2014 . Best Raw Artist . Awarded by the Pure Living Expo . Thousand Oaks . CA
2015 . Official Ullr Fest Poster Artist . Breckenridge . CO
. Official Pikes Peak Marathon/Ascent Poster Artist . Manitou Springs . CO
. Official USA Pro Challenge Poster Artist . CO
. Official International Vail Film Festival Poster Artist . CO
2016 . Commissioned Memorial Mural . County Courthouse . Colorado Springs . CO
. A Top Award Winner . Endowed by Plein-Air Magazine at the National Museum of Wildlife Art . Jackson . WY
. Collaborated with 3 Time Tour de France Legend, Greg LeMond and Warren Miller Film Star, Chris Anthony to
help raise money for inner city youth.
. Awarded as “1 of the Top 10 Artists of the Year” through Redwood Media Group . OH
2017 . Official Artist for the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships . CO
. Official Artist for the Vision Relay Cycling Race . Moab . UT
. Official Artist for the USA Cycling Hill Climb National Championships . Colorado Springs . CO
. Official Artist for the LOTOJA Cycling Race . Logan, UT . Jackson Hole, WY
. Official Artist for the Pikes Peak Marathon/Ascent . Manitou Springs . CO
. Official Artist for the International Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta . NM
1990-1995 . Bachelor of Fine Arts
San Antonio, TX . Kansas City Art Institute, MO . University of Southern Colorado
. Indian Arts Research Center . Santa Fe . NM
. United States Bicycling Hall of Fame . Davis . CA
. El Paso County Courthouse . Colorado Springs . CO
. Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum . CO
. Gonzales' work has been part of national and international traveling exhibits and is in numerous public and private