DAVID'S BIO AND ARTIST STATEMENT
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 . 2107
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
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
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.
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.
One of my most impressible moments of my childhood was when I was creating a piece of art with random colors and shapes. I had no idea what I was doing, just having fun. When I stood back and looked at my painting, the shapes and colors was a bust of a horse. This made a huge impression on me as a kid because it was like witnessing something magical come to life.
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 footprint on the planet. My paintings are created on organic canvas or Ampersand's Museum Certified panels whose products are from sustainable forests and handmade in the USA.