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Rod Goebel (1946 - 1993)  Artworks >>

Organizations* : NAWA

A painter who works “in powerful colors, lights and shadows,” Rod Goebel was born in Austin, Texas and made his mark in Taos, New Mexico. “I grew up in the mountains of New Mexico and Colorado,” he said. “I had an empathy with what I saw in nature as a child. It was a feeling that what I saw I could do. Some people ask how they can learn to paint. That was never a question I asked myself. I just painted because I wanted to—I have to.”

After a brush with death when he was eighteen, Goebel began to paint seriously. After receiving his degree from the University of New Mexico, he studied at the Colorado Institute of Art from 1968 to 1969, graduating with a degree in Advertising Design. He later studied at the Ramon Froman School of Art. “There is no end to learning about art,” he once observed, “especially color. I’m fascinated by color. I’m not an intellectual painter, but rather a physical or emotional one. Many of my paintings are based on intellectual concepts of color or design, but as soon as I begin to work, the intellectual process ends.”

His interest in color and emotion led Goebel to become a post-impressionist / impressionist painter of landscapes, still lifes and figures. “There are many variables that affect how I will approach a particular subject. Sometimes a subject will suggest how it is to be painted. I don’t take a literal interpretation of nature, but rather I rearrange it in a more perfect, idealized whole. My paintings are purely personal things. I feel a kind of physical tension in responding to beauty. I want people to feel what I feel, to feel by seeing, to see in their muscles.”

Goebel has been featured in Southwest Art, and Artists of the Rockies, and also exhibited at the Peking, China show. He was a member of the National Academy of Western Art, as well as being a charter member of the Taos Six Society of Artists with Ron Barsano, Robert Daughters, Walt Gonske, Julian Robles and Ray Vinella.

His work has been shown at the Museum of the Southwest in Midland, Texas, the Museum of Fine Arts in New Mexico, the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center in Oklahoma, as well as the Museum of New Mexico in Albuquerque, the Philbrook Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. Goebel’s art is also held in corporate and private collections throughout the country including Wells Fargo Bank in New York and the Southland Corporation in Dallas, Texas.

Reference:, Contemporary Western Artists by Peggy and Harold Samuels

  • NAWA = National Academy of Western Artists
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