Arturo Chávez was born in 1949 in Embudo, New Mexico near Taos. Raised amid the spectacular vistas of Northern New Mexico, Chavez is dedicated to preserving the Western Landscape, by painting it. Chávez 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 exhibitions in the US embassies in Moscow, Croatia and Guyana. Chavez’ works can be seen as part of the permanent collections at the UNM Cancer Center, at The University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, The Bernalillo County Courthouse, The Santa Fe Capitol Collection, the Taos National Guard, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, The Eiteljorg Museum of Western Art in Indianapolis, IN, The Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, NM, The Phoenix Art museum’s Permanent Collection.
Chávez’s’ work is also in numerous corporate an professional collections including: The Peabody Energy Corporation, St. Louis, MO, Ebner International in Linz, Austria, Fuji Electric in Japan and has two paintings in the permanent collection of Burlington Northern Railway.
Chávez is a featured artist in the Emmy Nominated PBS Documentary Titled: “Landscapes of Enchantment” produced for KMNE TV.
ike many gifted artists, Chávez is 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, which is the civilian branch of the U.S. Air Force with special training in rugged mountain search and rescue.
In his artistic process, Chávez uses a combination of on location studies coupled with compositional drawings and intermediate painting studies he creates in his studio to arrive at a finished painting. Chávez has garnered many awards including:
2011 Winner of the Phoenix Art Museum Art Associates’ Purchase Award, on exhibit in the Phoenix Art Museum’s Permanent Collection.
2010 Eiteljorg Museum of the American West, Indianapolis, IN- Quest for the West-Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award-Permanent Collection
2009 Eiteljorg Museum of the American West, Indianapolis, IN- Quest for the West Best of Show, (Victor Higgins Work of Distinction award.)
2008 Eiteljorg Museum of the American West, Indianapolis, IN- Quest for the West Show, Featured Speaker and Exhibiting Artist
Solo Exhibition- “Western Vistas”- Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2007 Hubbard Museum of the American West, Western Artists of America, Best of Show and Gold Medal Awards
2006 Hubbard Museum of the American West, Western Artists of America, Best of Show Award
2000-2010 New Mexico Art in Public Places, Acclaimed Artists Series (6 purchase awards)
2005 National Park Service, Arts for the Parks Bronze Medal Award
Chávez is represented by:
Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Mountain Trails gallery in Sedona, Arizona