the Governor's Arts Award Winners

Amadeus Leitner


2011 recipient, Individual Artist

Chimayo native and Santa Fe resident Amadeus Leitner is a 13th generation Chimayoso, descendent of famed weaver Reyes Ortega. Although he is receiving a Governor's Award for his photography, Leitner has worked in various Spanish Colonial folk art traditions including bulto carving and retablo painting. He holds a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of New Mexico where he interned with renowned architect Antoine Predock. Following graduation in 2004, Leitner moved to San Francisco and managed architectural projects from small residences to large-scale commercial projects such as a new school and synagogue in Oakland, California. He moved back to New Mexico in 2008 to pursue landscape photography full-time. Leitner is a juried member of the Santa Fe Society of Artists and participated in more than twenty shows with the 75-member group. His photos have appeared in magazines including Interior Design, Atomic Ranch and The Santa Fean. His photography is recognized for its technical skill, aesthetic sense, and subtle and powerful imagery in the creation of fine art prints.