Deming native David Vega Chavez and Ralph Roybal of Santa Fe will be the two featured artists for the Deming Art Center’s February 2017 show. Chavez began drawing and painting in high school but eventually moved in another direction, spending much of his early life involved in choreography, directing and dancing in the motion picture industry, television and the Las Vegas nightclub scene. In the early ‘90s, upon returning to New Mexico, he began painting seriously again and has never looked back. His favorite mediums are watercolor, acrylic and egg tempura and he enjoys painting the magic of the New Mexican light from sultry summer days to the cold, barren landscapes of northern New Mexico winters.
David Vega Chavez currently resides in Albuquerque. Ralph Roybal began his career in bronze sculpting as an apprentice in some of the leading bronze foundries of the Southwest. It was at Santa Fe Bronze under the famous sculptor Ernest Berke that Roybal realized his potential in bronze work. Much of his subject matter is based on 19th century North American tribes and tribal leaders with such notables like Geronimo, Black Hawk, and Sitting Bull. He has won many first place awards in various fine art exhibitions and shows and can be found in the permanent collection of the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The show will run through February 24. The center is located at 100 S. Gold St., Deming and is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. See demingarts.org, Facebook, or call 546-3663 for more information.