Noel Espinoza (1883 - 1952)
Noel Espinoza was born in Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico. He is a contemporary, self-taught artist whose realist impressionist paintings depict simple beauty and the things he knew best - the people and places of Old Mexico. His works have been featured in several Mexican exhibits and are in public and corporate collections in Mexico and the United States.
A native of El Paso, Texas, Jimmy “Jimi'' Kellog has been elevating his skills in surrealism art for the past several years. Originally an artist absorbed in drawing mediums, Jimi blended his illustrative skills with oil painting when first introduced at New Mexico State University in 2012.
Jimi's passion for street art & graffiti allowed him to introduce another element into this union and extend the range of his talent even further. His use of landscape scenery combined with overlooked urban elements, allows Jimi to challenge the boundaries of traditional scenes in nature- utilizing composition and color to highlight the beauty found in both fine art and street art.
E.L. Boone (1883 - 1952)
Elmer L. Boone, a painter of southwestern landscapes and Mexican subjects in Texas, Arizona And Mexico. Boone studied in Chicago, Illinois, at the Smith School of Art, and the Art Institute. He is best known for his landscapes, genre, figure painting, and commercial art.
Boone moved to El Paso in 1927 and was a founder of the art exhibition that was part of El Paso's annual Sun Carnival. He earned his living by commercial art from his studio In the Electric Company Building.
Boone was a member of the Far Southwest Artists Association, as well as the El Paso Artists Association, with whom he frequently exhibited. His work can also be found in the collections of the Montana Historical Society, Helena; and Torch Energy Advisors, Houston, Texas.
Steve Hastings began making images at the age of three in Alaska to combat the long winter nights and the Short winter days.
He was a daydreamer and would draw what he saw in his daydreams. It was then he discovered that people appreciated his work. He has since devoted himself to manifesting his love for life in different periods and styles.
When Steve moved to the southwest desert of America, he focused his attention on its' landscapes and in particular, its' beautiful cactus plants. The joy of discovery that flows from his hand onto the canvas, he can only describe as magical realism.
In our high tech, digital society, he still considers it a privilege to create something tangible with his own two hands, imagination and heart, and share it with others - the magnificent difference between a brush and a mouse.
Paola Martinez is an interdisciplinary artist located in the border region of El Paso, Texas and Cd. Juárez, México. She completed her BFA in Painting and Art History at the University of Texas at El Paso. Her eclectic and indigenous portraits pay homage to her Mexican heritage, bringing awareness and life to the ancient tribes that adapt and diminish in today's modern world. Her portrait paintings focus on her subjects' gaze as she captures intimacy with the viewer. By using her unique finger painting style, the artist believes that she truly becomes in contact with her work and her subjects. Even though Martinez is known to remove classism and create equality by utilizing a black and white palette, she constantly explores color through her mural work. The multidisciplinary artist is constantly inspired by her travels around the world as she shares her knowledge and brings cultural diversity to create unison in humanity through her artwork.
Patrick Gabaldon was born and raised in the Sun City of El Paso, Texas. His passion in art began after returning home to the vibrant color and vast expanse of the desert sky. His time away gave him a new perspective on the often forgotten west Texas desert. Gabaldon took his new found inspiration and made it his quest to show others his colorful interpretation of the borderland. Attorney by day and artist by night, Gabaldon quickly rose to local prominence with multiple exhibits across El Paso and features in print and digital media. Today, it is difficult not to find Gabaldon’s work on display across the city. His work has been exhibited in restaurants, art galleries, the El Paso International Airport, Southwest University Ballpark, the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and even as stickers on laptops and water bottles. The bright tones that have become synonymous with Gabaldon’s work illuminate the cross border culture he attributes as the inspiration behind his pointing.
A native of El Paso, Texas, Hal Marcus's interest in painting began in high school and developed into a life-long passion of the arts. His sense of color originated from the influences of Mexico where as a child, he accompanied his grandmother on weekly visits to the Juarez market.
Marcus's early paintings were colorful expressions of a cubistic world of shapes within shapes. His love for art slowly began to reflect the environment in which he lived. The people, streets and mountains began to show up in his works of art, and made people proud of their community along the border. His works are cultural icons to the community.
Marcus has collaborated with hundreds of institutions, creating images for worthy causes. His works express local and global themes derived from his experiences. Hal Marcus' self-taught folk-art style has become mainstream in the isolated art community along the Rio Grande. His works can be found in public, private and corporate collections worldwide.
Marco Sanchez rcus
Marco Sanchez is a Mexican-born artist based in El Paso, Texas. His diverse talents in printmaking, painting and woodworking make his art ……. He attended and received his BFA from the University of Texas at El Paso with a double concentration in Painting and Printmaking. His work ranges from his relationship with his mentors and peers alike, to culture background and Mexican folklore, and is most recently exploring the notion of how immigrant identity plays in society as a result of the current political climate in the United States.
Sanchez has worked primarily in the Southwestern U.S., and participated in residencies throughout Mexico, including City. Michoacán, Oaxaca, and Queretaro.
Sanchez teaches printmaking classes and workshops at the El Paso Museum of Art. He is currently attending Edinboro University of Pennsylvania to pursue an MFA in printmaking under the guidance of Bill Mathie.
Tom Lea (1907-2001)
Tom Lea was a genius of the twentieth century with extraordinary gifts as a muralist, illustrator, war correspondent, portraitist, Landscapist, novelist and historian. His murals, dating from the 1930s, express the history and character of distinct regions of the United States and are found on the walls of public buildings from Washington, D.C. to El Paso, Texas. They are arguably the finest murals of the period. As an eye-witness artist correspondent for LIFE magazine during World War II, Tom Lea traveled more than 100,000 miles to record U.S. and Allied soldiers, sailors and airmen waging war worldwide. He wrote and illustrated bestselling novels -The Brave Bulls and The Wonderful Country - that were adapted into Hollywood movies, and a dozen other books about subjects as diverse as mountaineering in Wyoming, horse training in 16th century New Spain, and the history of the King Ranch. His paintings depict remote and exotic places from Ecuador to China, but primarily capture subjects found near his home on the border between Mexico and Texas.