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 David Maes Gallegos  (1954 - )

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David Maes Gallegos       
(B. 1924 - )
BFA MA

David Gallegos was born in Denver, Colorado. His Grandparents moved to San Francisco in 1934, and he  followed at 36 months old, due to a life threatening right hand accident, which required 18 reconstructive surgeries up to the age of 16. His Mother encouraged him to draw during his yearly operations, where his right hand would be tied up on a stand, leaving his left hand free to draw. He remembers his first visual art experience at age seven, where one of his doctors, Dr. Sterling Bunnell Sr., had a detail photograph of the right hand of Michelangelo’s David sculpture.

In taking art classes, Gallegos received his first award at the age of 14, First Place – Graphic Arts – California State Fair Student Art Competition. While in high school in Los Angeles where his family moved for five years, he won drawing and painting scholarships at UC Northridge and the UCLA Summer sessions program for Drawing in 1967, where he remembers seeing Richard Diebenkorn teaching.

Gallegos was accepted into the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at California College of Arts and Crafts, now CCA, winning two full tuition portfolio scholarships, graduating with distinction from California College of Arts and Crafts in 1975. During his time at CCAC, he worked as an Antique Restorer, (Age 18-21) delivering many Objet de’ arts to many prominent San Francisco collections, where he privately viewed priceless paintings by Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, Pierre Bonnard, Piet Mondrian, Rembrandt, and others, viewing Woman with a Hat by Matisse with Elise Haas – before the painting was Donated to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art permanent collection.

A few years later, Maes Gallegos was befriended by Anton Gintner, a student of Richard Diebenkorn, who passed on his influence of Bay Area figurative painting to Anton Gintner, who introduced David Maes Gallegos to Figurative Realism. Gallegos was accepted into San Francisco State University’s Master’s Degree program, choosing to study with Painters Robert Bechtel and Richard McLean. Gallegos received his Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from San Francisco State University in 1978.

It was conventional for artist’s to get some form of day job to work on their art. Encouraged by his friends, Gallegos was given his first one-man show at a Nob Hill gallery in 1978. From 1978 to 1990, he had numerous Solo and Group Museum and Gallery Exhibitions in Northern California that were all successful. During this time he also was chosen to work with the Tamarind Lithographer, Ernest DeSoto Workshop. In 1985-86 produced five limited edition lithographs. A trip to the Chicago Art Institute inspired his Chicago Lithograph, and the famous Art for Peace (Anti-Nuclear War Lithograph) of which he sent a poster of the work to every member of the US Senate.

In 1990, David Maes Gallegos was discovered by Japanese American Zephyr Cove Publishing, who signed the Artist to a five year contract. The Artist had saved enough money to paint full time by 1992. From 1990 to 1994, and again from 2000 to 2003, he traveled to Japan annually for Exhibitions of his work with Tours of all Major cities in Japan, with numerous museum and gallery exhibitions with great success.

Among other awards, he is the winner of the Interfaith Forum on Art, Religion and Architecture International Arts Award at the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley, California. David Gallegos has displayed in a number of prominent museums and galleries including The Richmond and Redding Art museums, Harcourt’s Contemporary and the Mexican Museum California; The Northern Illinois University Gallery in Chicago; the Hobart Gallery in Santa Barbara; The Gallery Ravel in Austin, Texas, the Stanford University Art Museum at Stanford; Arizona University of Art Museum in Tucson, and California Palace of the Legion of Honor, and the Hilo Museum of contemporary Art. David (Maes) Gallegos Art has been featured in Architectural Digest, Art in America, Art Week, the Encyclopedia of Living Artists among others.

ACQUISITIONS AND EXHIBITIONS
Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California
Redding Museum and Art Center, Redding, California
U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.
Landmark Tower Trade Center, Tokyo, Japan
Boeing Corporation
Sony Corporation
Embassy Suites Hotel Corporation
City of South Lake Tahoe and Barton Memorial Hospital, Lake Tahoe, California
City of Palm Springs, California
The Robert and Margrit Biever Mondavi Collection Oakville, California
Jack Rapke, Creative Artists Agency, Hollywood, California
City of Sendai, Japan, City of Morioka, Japan
Dr. Vijay Mallya   
United Breweries Group International
California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, California

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
Norma Maddy Foster, Foster Farms Chickens
State of Montana, Representative Tim McDowell
The Gordon Hess Collection, San Francisco, California
Mr. Garry Shandling, Hollywood, California
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Stone / CEO Mollie Stone’s Stores Sausalito, California
Dr. Fred Craves, Bay City Capital, San Francisco, California
Mr. Serge Brin CEO - GOOGLE Corporation
Mr. Larry Page CEO - GOOGLE Corporation
Mr. & Mrs. David Anderson, Anderson Law Corporation
Mr.  & Mrs. Machiko & Jefferson Baswell, Lake Tahoe, California
Mr. Jonathan A. Greenberg – Sotheby's, New York
Mrs. Penny Pritzker Family Collection – Chicago, Illinois
Ms. Peggy Chesnut – Interior Design – Hawaii
Mr. Timothy Mondavi – Continuum Wines, Napa Valley, California
Mr.Michael Himes - CEO - Chevron NYC, New York
Mr. Christof and Alulani Luedi - Vice President, The Fairmont Orchid, HawaiI
Mr. & Mrs. Floyd Salas and Claire Ortalda Berkeley, California
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Zemeckis – Hollywood, California
Mr. and Mrs. Paul and Kathleen Hart  
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and Barbara Quinn, Puako, Hawaii     
Dr. Carl Goldfisher, Belvedere, California
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Sanford – Wisconsin, and Waikoloa, Hawaii
 
MAJOR PRODUCTIONS AND CREDITS
 2014 Wertheim Contemporary –/David Maes Gallegos, New Works –Maui, Hawaii
2013 Sausalito Art Biennial – Juried – Painting, Sausalito,  California
2013 Harbor Gallery Winter Wood Exhibition – Award - Kawaihae, Hawaii
2012 Hawaii Wood Guild Annual Exhibition – First Place 2DMM Harbor Gallery, Hawaii
2012 Sausalito Art Festival - Juried Exhibition - Sausalito, California
2012 Mayor of Hawaii Exhibition Kailua Kona Civic Center, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
2011 Sausalito Art Festival - Juried Show - Sausalito, California
2011 Harbor Gallery Juried Wood Show - People’s Choice Award - Kawaihae, Hawaii
2011 “Oenophile Aromatic” Exhibition - Robert Mondavi Museum Napa, California 
2010 Sausalito Art Festival - Juried Show - Sausalito, California
2010  “Sextet and Quartets” New Work Harbor Gallery - Kawaihae, Hawaii
2010 Hawaii Wood Guild - Annual Exhibition - First Place - 2D-MM - Kona, Hawaii
2009 Sausalito Art Biennial - Juried Show - Sausalito, California
2009 New Work 2009 - Harbor Gallery Kawaihae, Hawaii
2009 Harbor Gallery Annual Wood Show Competition Best of Show -2D MM - Hawaii
2008 Sausalito Art Biennial Exhibition - Sausalito, California
2008 Harbor Gallery Wood Show Competition - First Place - Best of Show, Hawaii
2008 “The Heiau Series” New Work - Harbor Gallery - Kawaihae, Hawaii
2007 Sausalito Art Biennial - “People’s Choice” Sausalito, California
2007 Harbor Gallery Summer Wood Show competition - First Place -Hawaii
2007 New Work - David”Kawika”Gallegos - Harbor Gallery, Kona, Hawaii
2006 Sausalito Art Biennial   -  Sausalito, California
2006 Big Island Food and Wine Festival - Hilton Waikoloa, Kona, Hawaii
2006 Valentine Show - The Gallery - Hilton Waikoloa - Kona, Hawaii
2005 Sausalito Art Festival - Peoples Favorite - Sausalito, California
2005 Volcano Art Center - “Sacred Hula, Sacred Nature - Volcano, Hawaii
2004 All Hawaii Juried Art Exhibition Award Winner, Hilo Museum of Contemporary Art       Hilo, Hawaii
2003 Arts Pacifica Biennial - Jurors Excellence Award,   Wailoa Center, Hilo, Hawaii
2003 Hilo Museum of Contemporary Art Juried Exhibition - Award Winner- Hilo, Hawaii         2002 Juror – Sausalito Arts Festival 50th Anniversary, Sausalito, California
2001 Juror – Sausalito Art Festival Exposition, Sausalito, California
2000 Robert Mondavi Cultural Center – “Spirit Art” Oakville, California
         Recent Paintings and Sculpture by David Gallegos and Crystal Lockwood
         Robert Mondavi Summer Jazz festival Poster by David Gallegos
2000, Juror – Sausalito Annual Arts Exposition, Sausalito, California
2000 Palm Springs Marquis Resort – Spirit Art Palm Springs, California
2000 Paintings and Sculpture by David Gallegos and Crystal Lockwood
1999 Napa Valley Art Museum Open Studios, Napa Valley, California
1998 Juror – Mill Valley Annual Art Competition, Mill Valley, California, Mill Valley Arts Exposition
1997 Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival - BEST OF SHOW - Mill Valley, California, Award: Best of Show
 
ONE PERSON SHOWS
2002
Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Tokyo – Takabuchi Galleries, Japan                    
 
2001
Osaka and Nagoya  Artcom Galleries, Japan
 
1995
Shikigaro Mitsukoshi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Murioka Cultural Museum, Murioka, Japan
Gallery Move, Sendai, Japan
Marunouchi Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
 
1994
Marunouchi Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
David GallegosWorks 1992-93
Gallery 21, Hitachi City, Japan
David Gallegos Recent Works
 
1994
Robert Mondavi Cultural Center, Oakville, California
Medicine Sand Paintings
 
1992
Gallery Hamilton, Beverly Hills, California
Fine Line Gallery, Zephyr Cove, Nevada
 
1991
Kohala Art Center, Kamuela, Hawaii
 
1990
Juniper Fine Art Gallery, Napa, California
Dow & Frosini Gallery, Berkeley, California

1990
Reed Whipple Cultural Arts, Las Vegas, Nevada (The University of Nevada Museum of Contemporary Art)

1989
Hermitage Fine Art Gallery  Reno, Nevada
 
1989
Frostburg State University Contemporary Museum Frostburg, Maryland- “Whitewater 89” - Catalogue

1988 
Lake Gallery Tahoe City, California
 
1986
Robert Mondavi Cultural Center Oakville, California

1984
The Redding Museum-Art Center Redding, California

1983
The Mexican Museum San Francisco, California

1981
Myers/Weinshel Gallery San Francisco, California

1980
Marjorie Cahn Gallery Los Gatos, California

1978 
California State University Art Gallery San Francisco, California
 

GROUP SHOWS
2004   
All Hawaii Juried Art Exhibition – Award Winner – Hilo Museum of Contemporary Art            Hawaii
2003   
Arts Pacifica Hawaii Biennial Award Winner, Wailoa Center, Hilo, Hawaii
 
2003   
Hilo Museum of contemporary Art - Juried Exhibition, Hilo, Hawaii
 
2003   
Sausalito Arts Festival 51st Annual exhibition, Sausalito, California

2002   
Juror - 50th Annual Sausalito Arts Festival, Sausalito, California

2001  
Ode to Napa Valley, Napa Valley Museum, Yountville, California

2000
La Quinta Arts Exposition, La Quinta, California
Sausalito Arts Exposition, Sausalito, California
Mill Valley Art Expositions, Mill Valley, California
Juror - Sausalito Arts Exhibition, Sausalito, California
 

REVIEWS
 
CALIFORNIA:
 
Berkeley Monthly (Berkeley, California)
“Bay Area Artist and Environmental David (Maes) Gallegos Portrays the Beauty of Nature in Order to Save It.” December 18, 1986                       
 
Pacific Sun (Mill Valley)
“Contemporary Spiritual Themes” by Roberts Floden, “Nature is the religion of the American Indian.  Maes Gallegos has always painted nature…All of his work comes from the memory of the emotion that it evokes.” Week of December 12-18, 1986
 
The Daily Californian (Berkeley)
“New Images of Faith By David Maes Gallegos at the Judah L. Magnes Museum”
by Lisa Gramlich, December 12, 1986
 
East Bay Arts Magazine (Oakland)
“On Exhibit” by Chiori Santiago
“David Maes Gallegos, Charlene Touchette are the American Indian Artist on Exhibit at the Judah L. Magnes Museum,” November 1986
 
The Northern California Jewish Bulletin
“Magnes Opens Three Shows” “The International forum on Art and Architecture for Religion” David Maes Gallegos Wins the prize…..by Earl Raab, October 10, 1986
 
WestArt (Auburn)
“Contemporary Religious Art Compeititon Range from Spiritual Paintings by
David Maes Gallegos to Altar of All Faiths by Lois Anderson.”October 10, 1986
 
The San Francisco Examiner
“Bay Area Artists Find Inspiration in Their Backyard” By Al Morch
“What interested me were works by emerging artists, especially those who transform the mundane into magic.  Among them I discovered the twilight divided highways of David Maes Gallegos.” Saturday, July 5, 1986
 
The San Francisco Chronicle, Image Magazine
“The Bay Area Scene”: Review - Thomas Albright
“Canvassing the Local Scene – 100 Bay Area Artists Paint the Local Scene, Hall of Flowers, July Review – Three out of Nine Paragraphs on David (Maes) Gallegos, 5 – July 13, 1986  
 
Marin Messenger (Mill Valley)
“A Reverence for Nature, David Gallegos Exhibits in Mill Valley” by Amy Rosenthal Cohn Photo – David Gallegos and his pug in front of painting
September 12, 1984
 
West Art (Auburn)
“David Gallegos has Art for Peach Exhibit at the Redding Museum and Art Center, Redding, California”
Photo – No Defense against Nuclear Weapons – Chicago Night 1983
Lithograph – Flamingo Club by David Gallegos, September 18, 1983
 
The San Francisco Chronicle/Art
“The Mask Power and Pageantry” by Thomas Albright
“The likeness and feeling of animation of Maes Gallegos’ Pug Sculptures was so striking I began to wonder about the authenticity of the faces of at least the first half dozen people I passed afterward.”  September 15, 1983
 
The San Francisco Chronicle, Datebook – Art Museums
“Gallegos’ Sky’ is the “Transitions’ Show at the Mexican Museum Fort Mason”
Photo – Sky Series #12, July 30, 1983
 
Oakland Tribune
San Mateo Times Art Section
“Ambience of the Studio, David Galleys at Marshall Meyers Gallery San Francisco”
Photo – The Windmill Club by David Gallegos, December 16, 1981
 
Contra Costa Times
Richmond Art Center “A Study in Contrasts of Valley Art” Photo – Ray’s Corner -
Crockett Series by David Gallegos, “Gallegos classical work evokes calm…His work might fit a new American luminist mold…like his forbears, he points form in terms of the light that hits it…Gallegos inspires tranquility.”………..  October 9, 1980
 
Napa Valley Register: 1982, 1989, 1996, 2,000, 2003, 2010 – 2011 Exhibitions at The RMW
 
Contra Costa Times
Richmond art Center “Reception Preview Opens Exhibit” Photo C & H Factory
Crockett Series by David Gallegos, September 3, 1980
 
October 14, 1979
Art Week (Richmond, California) “6 W/C6” The Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California
“The Watercolor Tradition and Fancy” by Cathy Curtis, “This artist pursues a clearly articulated vision.  Gallegos’ Crockett Series has the crispness of objects seen in clear air and extremely bright light.  His approach seems to be based on subtle transformations of basic forms perceived in a specific atmosphere – a series exploration of the workings of realism.”  October 20, 1979, #34

Contra Costs Times, Sunday Magazine: "6W/C 6” at the Richmond Art Center, California:
“Six Aspiring Watercolorists by Cathy Curtis, “Light and air are Gallegos’ true subjects…One painting is of a stretch of highway covered with a thin film of water, it makes you realize the rewards of close, selective observation.”
 
The San Francisco Chronicle
“Yearly Exhibit Getting Better –David (Maes) Gallegos - Introductions 78” by Thomas Albright, July 11, 1978
 

REVIEWS: NEVADA
Reno Gazette Journal (Reno, Nevada) Review by Velda Morby
“Maes Gallegos Returns to Paint Nevada with Exuberance”
 
Las Vegas Review-Journal (Las Vegas, Nevada) A. D. Hopkins
“David Maes Gallegos Shows Vegas With Impact at First Glance. (University of Nevada Contemporary Art Museum) He Captures the Beauty of Vegas That is History"  (Full seven page Color reproduction Review by A. D. Hopkins)                                        
 

REVIEWS: HAWAII
West Hawaii Today: Reviews: 1986, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013                                                            
Hilo-Hawaii Tribune, 2003, 2004, 2007,
Kona Views Magazine, 2001 – Five Page Article by Tovi Geffen
KeOla Magazine – 2012 – Seven Page Article by  Karen Valentine PHD
 
 
REVIEWS: NEW YORK
The New York Times
“What’s Doing in Berkeley Museums. The IFRAA International Competition Features Work by American Indian Artists: David Maes Gallegos, Charlene Touchette, Steven Kaltenbach and others. Through January 4 at the Judah L. Magnes Museum, Sunday, November 9, 1986
 
REVIEWS:JAPAN
 
From 1991 to 1995 and 2000 To 2003
Over 30 Museum and Magazine Review / Articles – In Zephyr cove Publishing’s Archive’s
Over 7 Museum Catalog

 


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