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. “As far back as I can remember, I have been working with art materials to create something based upon my observations.” (David V. Gonzales)
It was evident in his youth that Gonzales was a gifted and talented artist. By the time he was 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. Throughout Gonzales' career, his artwork has received numerous prestigious awards and has been awarded as the official artist for several national and international festival and sporting events.
Gonzales’ early work reflects his heritage, rich in Native American and Hispanic Cultural Traditions, but quickly expanded to include many styles and a multitude of mediums. Using oils, acrylics, watercolor, pencils, pastels, wood, and bronze, Gonzales has created 2 and 3 dimensional pieces ranging from photo-realism to abstract. He masterfully expresses his fascination with relative objects moving through space and time. It is this movement of related things that unifies his diverse body of work. It is what makes his art unique and easily recognizable. His work is not a static representation of a single moment in time; rather they are more like living entities with a past, present, and future, ever moving and unfolding. David V. Gonzales is the culmination of the artistic talent that has moved throughout his family for generations.
Recent Awards and Distinctions: Commissioned by the Tiger Woods Foundation to paint Tiger. Nominated as "One of the Top Ten Artists" in the country by Redwood Media. Collaborated with World Cup alpine skiing champion, Lindsey Vonn to help raise money for her foundation. Official artist for the 2017 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Collaborated with 3 Time Tour de France Legend, Greg LeMond to help raise money for inner city youth. 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.