Our 28th Annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta Poster Artist Ed Sandoval
As this year’s featured artist, Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta is delighted to feature Ed Sandoval, a Don Quixote character as colorful as the landscapes he paints. On most days, he can be seen painting under a large red umbrella in the parking lot of the Ed Sandoval Gallery in his hometown of Taos, an hour-and-a-half away from the small ranch he grew up on in Nambe (though the family soon relocated to Los Alamos, where his father did work on the Manhattan Project, and where Ed graduated from high school and later returned to teach art classes).
Renowned throughout the state for his iconic El Viejito (Old Man) figure, who pops up in many of his vivid New Mexico-set paintings, Ed often takes rides through the desert on his Arabian horse, Patron, and can just as often be found riding Patron through the historic Taos Plaza, with Ed dressed up as Zorro.
Ed and his work has been featured in New Mexico magazine, Cowboys & Indians magazine, and Southwest Art, and in 2012 he received the prestigious Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. He also appeared on the Travel Channel (in November of 2015) and former president Barack Obama chose one of Ed’s paintings as the art for his official thank you cards for New Mexico.
Ed’s excited to be this year’s poster artist for our 28th annual Wine & Chile Fiesta.
Interview with Ed Sandoval:
What does Wine & Chile mean to you?
New Mexico has a rich, historic and wonderful reputation for growing and serving chile! People come from all over to experience our culture and cuisine, which of course includes a heaping helping of green and/or red chile. It’s something people look forward to-I hear from my collectors all over the United States that the first thing they do when they get to New Mexico is head for their favorite restaurant for enchiladas, chili rellenos, green chile cheeseburgers and everything in between.
Of course, it makes the meal better if you have a beautiful glass of wine! And in New Mexico we are seeing our wine industry expand for good reason, the blends are delicious and pair so well with the unique flavors of our native foods.
The Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta combines the best of both worlds. Where else can you celebrate such a delightful union of wine and chile, and in such an extraordinary place as Santa Fe? The Fiesta brings together so many things-the distinctive culture of the Southwest and the celebration of community that come alive amid spicy flavors simmering in pots and wine glasses clinking as people greet one another.
What does the art that’s going to be used mean to you? And what might it mean in the context of the Wine & Chile Fiesta?
When people come to an event-especially one as special and unique as the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta-they want to take home a little something to remind them of their experience. In my painting, I wanted to represent both the wine and chile, but I also wanted to capture the essence of their entire trip, of their personal encounter with Santa Fe and our great state of New Mexico.
New Mexico has powerful medicine-our landscapes, the reverence for our history and culture, our past and our diverse people. I wanted to capture the “feeling” of that magic so people would remember not just the great food and delicious drinks, but also the elegant strength of our adobe casitas, our sweeping vistas lined by the red hue of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, the warmth of our people and the pride of our heritage. My “El Viejito” (the old man) walks timelessly in this world, and visitors can remember their own journey by viewing his.
What’s your favorite wine?
I don’t really have a favorite label, but I am partial to a good Malbec or Cabernet Sauvignon. To me, red wine is food for the soul, especially since we share bottles of wine. It’s delicious of course, but it also socially connects us and helps us make great friendships and memories!