the Governor's Arts Award Winners

Ed Sandoval


2012 recipient, Individual Artist

Taos artist Ed Sandoval's depictions of rural Hispanic New Mexican life have ensured that he is one of the most popular contemporary artists in northern New Mexico.

His canvases use bold color and texture to portray the people, places, and architecture of his surroundings. Born in Nambe, Sandoval lived in various northern New Mexico communities before settling in Taos. He received a bachelor of fine arts from Eastern New Mexico University, and masters in psychology from the University of Utah.

In Taos, he operates his own gallery Studio de Colores. His classic style has been compared to the Taos art colony artists. Sandoval finds inspiration in the old life of New Mexico. His work sets a mood and conveys movement and translates the connection of the people to the land.

Sandoval has an interest in custom adobe home design and construction. He built his own adobe house and chapel, featured in the book Artists at Home: Inspired Ideas from New Mexico Artists.

Sandoval has inspired young artists through his work as a public school art teacher. He is active in his community and supports numerous charities and events with his art and posters.

Sandoval's paintings enhance countless private homes, businesses, galleries and museums. His work has been featured in many prominent publications including New Mexico Magazine, Cowboys and Indians Magazine, and Southwest Art Magazine.