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Edward Gonzales is a master of his medium.
Yet, he finds new ways to push himself with new pieces.
The artist will have at least a dozen pieces of work in his annual show at Acosta Strong Fine Art on Canyon Road through Aug. 31.
“I’ve been doing this show during Spanish Market week,” he says. “It’s a one-man show that I’ve done for the last five years.”
Gonzales is known for his figurative work with acrylics. A lot of his imagery comes from being rooted in New Mexico and Mexico, and depicts Hispanic and Southwest cultures.
“My interest is creating artwork that motivates an appreciation of the cultures of the Southwest, expresses the human spirit and celebrates the beauty of Nature,” he says. “I have followed this path of exploration as a professional fine artist for 40 years.”
Art has always been a force in Gonzales’ life. From the age of four, his grandmother handed him crayons and paper to keep him occupied. It was then that his imagination would run wild, often turning to his own life to draw.
“My family on my mother’s side arrived in the United States from Mexico about 1908 and settled in southern New Mexico,” he explains. “My father’s family came to Nuevo México in 1598. My observations of their cultural differences and similarities began when I was very young, and became part of my understanding of who I am as a person and as an artist.”
Gonzales says being a full-time artist has been fulfilling, but not easy. It’s why he turns to his upbringing to inspiration.
“I’ve always had a sense of exploring my identity as a Hispano and Mestizo,” he says. “It’s been quite a journey because, when I first started, I was beginning to understand who I was. Lately, finding my family tree from relatives has changed my outlook.”
Gonzales says he is 51% Indigenous and learning about this part of his heritage has opened more of an understanding of who he is.
“These revelations have contributed to my art,” he says.