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Arturo Chavez (b. 1949)  Artworks >>

In 2000, Arthur Usner changed his name legally, through the court system to Arturo Antonio Chavez in honor of his Mother's side of the family. He has been painting under this name and signs his paintings "Arturo" since 2000. There was period of one year that he signed his paintings Usner y Chavez as a segue and a means for collectors to make the connection to Arturo Chavez. Arturo illustrated one book using the name Usner y Chavez; Benigina's Chimayo, (Museum of New Mexico Press-2001). Arturo Chavez was born in Embudo, near Taos, New Mexico and was raised in both Los Alamos and Chimayo, New Mexico. This culturally rich area with its geographically striking landscapes sparked a deep and abiding devotion for painting in Arturo from an early age. He painted throughout his childhood and teen years, but did not turn his full attention to his artwork until the late 1970s. In 1983 he made the decision to pursue painting as his full-time career. Arturo's style is his own, but he acknowledges strong influence from several mentors: Irby Brown, Wilson Hurley, Mie Shu Ou, and Arthur Sussman. Chavez has exhibited beyond the United States including at the US Embassy in Moscow and in the US Embassies in both Croatia and Guyana. Among his list of clients are the Madi Museum in Budapest Hungary; Fuji Electric in Japan; Sandia BMW in Albuquerque; New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico; The Taos National Guard; The Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos; The Kierland Westland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona; and the Bernalillo County Court House in Albuquerque. Chavez resides and paints in Placitas, New Mexico with his wife Jennifer and their son, Benjamin. He is best known for his large-scale western landscapes including: the Grand Canyon, Canyon De Chelly, and the New Mexico and Arizona desert. Source askart.com

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