David V. Gonzales - Contemporary Paintings
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 Canon 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, he received the Governor’s Award” and 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. In 2014, Gonzales was awarded “The Best Raw Artist”, an International distinction given by the Pure Living and in 2015, his painting, “The Peloton” was the winning National USA Pro Challenge Poster. A memorial mural that Gonzales was commissioned to paint is displayed in the El Paso County Courthouse in Colorado Springs. In June 2016, Gonzales was awarded Best of Show by the prestigious Plein Air Magazine at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
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.
Gonzales has a strong commitment to helping his community. He has done many murals for non-profits such as the Goodwill Industries, Wild Forever Wildlife Rescue, Public Libraries, and Care Centers. He donates his time and art to help the local school district, library, and fire departments, as well as to the National Charities like the American Cancer Society, the Cloud Foundation (a horse advocacy), the National Mill Dog Rescue, and Echo 4 Elephants.
“As a person who lives on this beautiful planet, it is my endeavor to treat the world and it's inhabitants with love and respect and weave these practices in every aspect of my life. I am a vegan and commute just about every I go on a bicycle. I create art with materials that are non-toxic, biodegradable and earth friendly. It is important that these materials 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 come from sustainable forests and handmade in the USA.” (David V. Gonzales)
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!