Damien Gonzales

Born and raised in New Mexico, Damien has a deep appreciation of the dramatic terrain and weather that make the Southwest extraordinarily beautiful and unique. The region’s famous art communities and long artistic history help make this an ideal home for him and his family. The area is well known for some of the most inspiring and frequently represented artistic subject matter used by artists, past and present, ranging from stark dry desert landscapes to high snow covered alpine peaks.

Damien is a self-taught artist though he finds tremendous support and inspiration from other local artists. His main interest in landscape painting springs from his desire to convey his appreciation of the natural surroundings and his early exposure to the works of many great landscape painters including Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, Edgar Payne, Wilson Hurley, Robert Lougheed, Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida and others. Though the bold and direct painting styles typically found in southwestern landscape painting lend themselves well to the area’s rugged subject matter, Damien is also strongly influenced by more impressionistic and less direct painting approaches common in other parts of the country and the world.

Since September of 2009 he has focused primarily on plein air work, the most 

challenging and rewarding form of landscape painting.

Damien, his wife and four children make their home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

JURIED AND INVITATIONAL SHOWS

2013

  • 2013 Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Members’ Annual Juried Exhibition, Invitational, Taos, New Mexico
  •  Visions of Nature: Sky and Earth, New Mexico Art League, Juror, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Corrales Plein Air, Statewide Open, Corrales, New Mexico
  • Albuquerque Museum Foundation Miniatures and More, National Juried, 
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  •  Plein Air Painters of Colorado 17th National Juried Fine Art Exhibition and Sale,
  •  Juried, Denver, Colorado
  •  Altermann Galleries and Auctioneers 2013 April Auction, Invitational, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Paintings from the Field, Featured Artist, Purple Sage Galeria, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Masterworks of New Mexico, Statewide Juried, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2012

  • American Impressionist Society, Inc., National Juried, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • In the Footsteps of Thomas Moran 2012: 4th Annual Plein Air Art Invitational at Zion National Park, National Juried, Springdale, Utah
  • Plein Air New Mexico Members’ Juried Exhibition, Juror, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 2012 Telluride Plein Air, National Juried, Telluride, Colorado
  •  Altermann Galleries and Auctioneers 2012 August Auction, Invitational, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Masterworks of New Mexico, Statewide Juried, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Contemporary Hispanic Market, Juried, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Albuquerque Museum Foundation Miniatures and More, National Juried, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Placitas Artists Series, Statewide Juried, Placitas, New Mexico
  • ¡Encantada! 2012, Statewide Juried, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2011  

  • American Impressionist Society, Inc., National Juried, Carmel-By-The-Sea, California
  • Albuquerque Museum Foundation Miniatures and More, National Juried, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Telluride Plein Air, National Juried, Telluride, Colorado
  • Land and Light, Statewide Juried, Taos, New Mexico
  • Masterworks of New Mexico, Statewide Juried, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Contemporary Hispanic Market, Invitational, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Albuquerque International Sunport Exhibit, Invitational, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Plein Air Painters of New Mexico at Johnsons of Madrid Gallery, Member Show, Madrid, New Mexico
  • Open Space:  A Room with View, Invitational, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Little Gems, Invitational, Albuquerque, New Mexico

 2010  

  • Masterworks of New Mexico, Statewide Juried, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Contemporary Hispanic Market, Invitational, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  •  Spirit of Place, Statewide Juried, Taos, New Mexico
  •  Little Gems, Statewide Juried, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  •  World Views, Gallery with a Cause, NM Cancer Center, Invitational, Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

2009

  • Masterworks of New Mexico, Statewide Juried, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Contemporary Hispanic Market, Invitational, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • El Paisaje de Nuevo Mexico: Landscapes in New Mexico, Invitational,  Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Expo New Mexico, Professional Fine Arts Competition, Statewide Juried, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2008   

  • Masterworks of New Mexico, Statewide Juried, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Contemporary Hispanic Market, Invitational, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Expo New Mexico, Professional Fine Arts Competition, Statewide Juried, Albuquerque, New Mexico