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Louis Escobedo Workshop



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Louis Escobedo was born in Sweetwater, Texas, and received a BFA in Advertising Art from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He began his painting career at age 6 when he won the best of show in his elementary school in Sweetwater Texas. In 1974, after graduation from college he began his career as an artist honing his talents to become a freelance illustrator in Texas. In 1979, he finally achieved his goal. During his time as an illustrator, he received a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York in 1981 and many other awards from many organizations such as the Dallas Texas Visual Society. In 1985, he shifted his professional focus, moving from illustration to fine art. In 1990, Louis and his wife, Yolanda, moved to Denver, Colorado. During his fine art career, Louis has exhibited in many galleries across the United States, including California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Illinois, Virginia, and Maryland. In 1994, Louis was awarded his first Gold Medal from the National Oil Painters of America (OPA). He is one of only two artists receiving this prestigious award twice from this 25-year-old organization.




Color is a person’s signature, a personal form of expression and another sense an artist can use to communicate. I intermingle abstract shapes and color to energize my subjects, which include landscapes, still lifes, and figures. Sometimes I have to watch myself and not use color as a crutch. Color are my kids, you have to watch your values before they can come out to play. Sometimes they want to come out to play real fast, and I have to say, wait until I’m ready for you!

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