David V. Gonzales was born on February 3, 1971 on a U.S. Air Force Base in Wiesbaden, Germany.
He grew up in Santa Fe, N.M. enjoying the benefits of belonging to a large and closely-knit extended family. His family has been well rooted in the area for 5 generations, which include many well known artists, such as wood carver, Ben Ortega.
Throughout Gonzales' career, his artwork has received numerous prestigious awards and has been awarded as the official artist for several national and international festivals and sporting events, such as the USA Pro Challenge Cycling Race, Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, and the Pikes Peak Marathon.
At age 17, his work was on display in the Smithsonian, the U.S. Capitol Congressional Tunnel, and the Governor's Mansion in Santa Fe, N.M. This has led to his works being included in several national and international museum traveling exhibits.
Recent Awards and Distinctions:
Commissioned to do a painting of Tiger Woods for the Tiger Woods Foundation
Collaborated with 3 Time Tour de France Legend, Greg LeMond to help raise money for inner city youth
Will be featured in a documentary film with Warren Miller Film with film star, Chris Anthony. The film is a documentary about the 10th Mountain Division.
Collaborated with American World Cup Alpine and Olympian Champion, Lindsey Vonn to help raise money for her foundation.
Nominated as "One of the Top Ten Artists" in the country by Redwood Media
Received a Best of Show Award through a National Plein Air competition in Jackson Hole, WY.
Gonzales' work is in numerous public and private collections internationally.
My inspiration to paint comes from many things in life. Whether it is bears roaming the forest or activity in the city, there is a certain beauty that I see in both extremes. I love painting the same way an athlete would move; full of energy and vitality. Painting with acrylics allows me to quickly layer colors and captures the swift motion of life. Working everywhere at once and keeping that enthusiastic element alive in my art is an essential ingredient to create a spontaneous flow of color and movement in my artwork.
One of my most impressible moments of my childhood was when I was creating a piece of art with random colors and shapes. I had no idea what I was doing, just having fun. When I stood back and looked at my painting, the shapes and colors was a bust of a horse. This made a huge impression on me as a kid because it was like witnessing something magical come to life.
As a person who lives on this beautiful planet, I endeavor to treat it's inhabitants with love and respect and to weave these practice into every aspect of my life. I am a vegan and commute on a bicycle just about everywhere I go. Being active and healthy is a vital component in order to create my artwork optimally. It is important that the art materials I work with come from places that are either made in the USA and or from businesses that are eco-conscious and practice sustainable ways to lessen their footprint on the planet. My paintings are created on organic canvas or Ampersand's Museum Certified panels whose products are from sustainable forests and handmade in the USA.