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 as I can remember, I have been working with art materials to create something based on my observation”

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 art was displayed in the Smithsonian and simultaneously received the New Mexico Governor’s Award.  His art was on display in 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 works were displayed next to the artwork of Keith Haring who is famous for his contribution to the Pop Art Movement. 

Gonzales’ early works 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, watercolors, pencils, pastels, wood, and bronze, Gonzales has created 2 and 3 dimensions ranging from photo realism to abstract.

In 1997 Gonzales moved to Colorado after falling in love with the small town of Manitou Springs and began to masterfully express his fascination with relative objects moving through time and space.  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; 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 through his family for generations.

r e c e n t   a w a r d s  .  d i s t i n c t i o n s :

 

Best Raw Artist . Awarded by the Pure Living Expo .  Thousand Oaks . CA . 2014

Commissioned Memorial Mural . County Courthouse . Colorado Springs . CO . 2016

A Top Award Winner .  Endowed by Plein-Air Magazine at the National Museum of Wildlife Art . Jackson .           WY . 2016

Collaborated with 3 Time Tour de France Legend, Greg LeMond and Warren Miller Film Star and Educator,

     Chris Anthony to help raise money for inner city youth. 2016

Awarded as “1 of the Top 10 Artists of the Year” through Redwood Media Group . OH . 2016 . 2017

21 st Annual Quick Draw Artist . Sale and Auction .  Fall Arts Festival .  Jackson Hole , WY . 2017. 2018

Awarded Best Commemorative Poster by the International Festivals & Events Association . 2017

Artwork chosen by Names and Numbers Summit County Phone Book . 2016

Collaborated with World Cup Alpine Skier and Olympian Champion, Lindsey Vonn to help raise money for    

     for her foundation . Vail . CO . 2018 . 2019

Artwork chosen by Names and Numbers Vail Valley Phone Book . 2017 . 2018

Official Poster Artist for the following events:

              USA Pro Challenge International Cycling Race . CO . 2014 . 2015  

              International Vail Film Festival Poster Artist . CO . 2016 . 2017. 2018

              Ullr Fest . Breckenridge . CO . 2015 . 2018

              Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships . CO . 2017 . 2018 . 2019

              Vision Relay National Cycling Race . Moab . UT 2017

              USA Cycling Hill Climb National Championships . Colorado Springs . CO 2017

              LOTOJA National Cycling Race . Logan, UT . Jackson Hole . WY 2016 . 2017. 2018 . 2019

              Pikes Peak Marathon/Ascent International Race . Manitou Springs  . CO

                  2015 . 2016 . 2017 . 2018 . 2019

              International Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta . Albuquerque . NM * .  2017

 

Education:

1990-1995 . Bachelor of Fine Arts

San Antonio, TX . Kansas City Art Institute, MO . University of Southern Colorado

 

Public and MuCollections:

Indian Arts Research Center . Santa Fe . NM

United States Bicycling Hall of Fame . Davis . CA

El Paso County Courthouse . Colorado Springs . CO

Manitou Springs Public Library . CO

Fountain Public Library . CO

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum . CO

 

Gonzales' work has been part of national and international traveling exhibits and

is in numerous public and private collections internationally.

Photo courtesy of Adam Williams / Humanitou

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