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© Ely Abrums and Laura Walker

Ed Sandoval

Ed was born in Nambe, NM. When he was still young, the family moved to Los Alamos so his father could work on the Manhattan Project. He also lived in Tesuque and Truchas before finally settling in Taos. Ed is drawn to New Mexico’s past, typified by places such as Mora Valley, where old casitas are being reclaimed by the elements. Their once-shiny tin roofs have darkened into a deep red wine color, contrasting boldly against a blue sky.

Ed adores the changing “symphony of color” he sees in the New Mexico sky and landscape. ”What I paint is a feeling of impressionism and expressionism with bold movement.” When not painting or describing his work to curious observers, Ed rides his proud Arabian horse, Patron, through the plaza. He often rides as Zorro with a mask, cape and perhaps a sword.

Ed’s work is sought by collectors worldwide. In 2012, he received the prestigious Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. He has been featured in leading publications such as New Mexico Magazine, Cowboys & Indians and Southwest Art, and has been the commemorative poster artist for the Santa Fe Wine Festival and other celebrations. President Barack Obama chose one of Ed’s paintings to adorn his official thank you cards for New Mexico, and he was recently filmed by the travel channel.

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