Exploring the West Poster
Exploring the West by Louis Escobedo
Poster 19x13 inches
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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. Louis and Yolanda currently reside in Santa Fe New Mexico.
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 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) and received his second one with a $25,000 award in 2014. He is one of only two artists receiving this prestigious award twice from this 27-year-old organization. In 2019 Louis received the Master Signature status in Oil Painters of America based on his mastery of oil painting and accomplishments in the world of representational art.
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!
2020 Award of Most Original Award of Excellence in the Master Signature Division
2019 Award of Excellence Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition
2016 Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America Online Show
2016 Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America Salon Show in Fort Wayne Indiana
2014 Gold Medal ($25,000.00 Award) from the National Oil Painters of America Exhibition
2013 Summer Salon Award National Oil Painters of America Exhibition in Michigan
2012 John Young Hunter Memorial Award, Allied Artists of America 99th Annual National Show, NYC
2012 Most Original Award for Excellence from the National Oil Painters of America