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 Guadalupe Barajas  (1943 - )

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Lived/Active: Illinois/Wyoming      Known for: sculptor-wildlife, Indian, figure

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BIOGRAPHY for Guadalupe Barajas
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1943 (Wyoming)
 
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Biography from Blackhawk Gallery:
Guadalupe Barajas, a native of Wyoming, considers Cheyenne home. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in three-dimensional design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He chose to live in Chicago working for the Chicago Public School System as an art instructor. He received many honors during his tenure, culminating with the prestigious Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. This award afforded Barajas a sabbatical leave, during which time he rediscovered his true calling as a sculptor.

Retiring from teaching in ’94, Barajas moved back to Wyoming and committed himself to a full-time career as a bronze sculptor. As an artist, he has achieved many of the goals he set for himself. To date, his tribute to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial has been his most fulfilling commission.

Early in his career, Barajas focused primarily on wildlife as his subject matter. Today, he has expanded his range of interest in telling life stories of his Native American heritage through sculpture. His talent and recognition have afforded him his share of commissions for public works of art. As he says, “The challenges and frustrations of working on public works of art can often become overwhelming. But it’s the longevity and legacy of bronze that becomes the driving force within me to accept yet another proposal”.

As a sculptor, there are two awards Barajas considers him most prestigious to date. Being selected as “Artist of the Year in ’97, by the National Bison Association, and winning 1st Place Gold in ’99 from the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep.

AWARDS:
Best Sculpture – Festival of the Arts ’96 – Saratoga, WY
Artist Choice – “
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN”Best Bronze – Cheyenne Visual Art Show ’96 – Cheyenne, WY -“TATANKA”Best of Show (Small Animals) – Ducks Unlimited ’96
Best of Show (Large Animals) – Kansas City – “THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN”“ARTIST OF THE YEAR ’97 – National Bison Association – Denver, CO – “TATANKA”Best Bronze – Western Spirit Art Show ’97 – Cheyenne, WY –
“EASY PICKIN’S”Peoples Choice – Best of Show – Laramie Jubilee Days ’98 – “STORYTELLER”1ST Place Gold – “Open Category” – FNAWS (Foundation for North American Wild Sheep) – Reno, NV ’99 –
“CROWNING GLORY”Best of Show – Festival of the Arts ’99 – Saratoga, WY –
“CROWNING GLORY”Judges Choice – Festival of the Arts ’99 – Saratoga, WY – “STORYTELLER”Best Bronze – Laramie County Art Show ’03 – Cheyenne, WY –Best of Show – “DESIGNED FOR SPEED”Best in Category – Trinidad National Fine Art Exhibition – CO – “DESIGNED FOR SPEED”Best Bronze – Laramie County Art Show ’04 – Cheyenne, WY
Judges Choice – 2004 Rocky Mountain Art Show – Cheyenne, WY

COMMISSIONED WORKS OF ART:
THE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEMORIAL – Title: I’VE BEEN TO THE MOUNTAIN TOP” – Installation Site: Martin Luther King Park – Cheyenne, WY
BRIMMER PARK SOFTBALL COMPLEX – Title: “MOMENT OF GLORY” – Installation Site: Cheyenne, WY
LINCOLN PARK – Title: “SAY CHEESE” – Installation Site: Cheyenne, WY
LAKE VIEW CEMETERY – Title: “BLAKE AND TESS” (Private Client) – Installation Site: Cheyenne, WY
ARTIST STUDIED UNDER:· Sandy Scott· Fritz White· Vince Valdez· Dan Garrett· Rosetta Schockner· Walter Matia· Herb Mignery

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