2023 Robert Striffolino “RIPPLE PLAY"

2023 Robert Striffolino Poster - size 40"x 40" 

Robert Striffolino was born in New York in 1950 and was raised on Long Island. Although from his childhood he could draw spontaneously with extraordinary skill, he never took a formal art class, feeling that his drawings were so personal he could allow no one—not even teachers—to interfere with his art. 

“The affinity I have always felt toward Nature continues to fuel my creative drive. Painting continues to intrigue and impassion me providing new ways to stretch and grow. For this I am grateful. It has been a constant companion and certainly my major mode of expression throughout the years.” Robert S. 

2000 Frederico Vigil Signed Lithograph

2000 Frederico Vigil Signed Lithograph

Born and raised in Santa Fe, along what used to be the barrio near Canyon Road, Vigil specializes in frescoes. He first discovered the art of fresco painting during an internship in 1984 with Lucienne Bloch and Stephen Pope Dimitroff (themselves apprentices to renowned muralist Diego Rivera).

Inspired by these and other fresco masters, Vigil has since completed more than two dozen major fresco pieces, including one of the largest concave frescos in the world (inside the Torreón at Albuquerque’s National Hispanic Cultural Center, a fresco that spans 4,000 square feet).

One of his most recent works is located at the University of Notre Dame.

2007 Harry Greene Signed Lithograph Print

2007 Harry Greene Signed Lithograph Print

Known for rural villages and his folk art-style of painting, Greene was born in New Jersey and received his education in painting at Syracuse University before moving to New Mexico.

2002 Doug Coffin Signed Lithograph Print

2002 Doug Coffin Signed Lithograph Print 

Coffin, a painter of contemporary art and a sculptor, often draws from his sense of “apartness” as a Potawatomi/Creek Indian. A feeling from his having spent his first 20 years living on the grounds of the Haskell Indian College boarding school in Lawrence, Kansas, where his father served as the school’s athletic director. (During the summers, Coffin would stay with his grandmother on the Potawatomi Reservation.)

Best known for his monumental, brightly painted steel and mixed media sculptures, Coffin has honed a style that merges the ancient totemic form used by many Native cultures with the abstraction and geometric forms of the modernist. He earned his BFA from the University of Kansas and later an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. His work has been exhibited widely throughout the world, including the Grand Palais in Paris and the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

2005 Susan Contreras Signed Lithograph

2005 Susan Contreras Signed Lithograph

Born in Mexico City to a mother who was a portrait painter and a Mexican jeweler father, Susan Contreras moved with her family to Santa Barbara, California when she was age 5. The family traveled frequently to Mexico where she became fascinated by ceremonies involving masks, such as the Day of the Dead. It was the bringing together of drama and color, and that combination underlies her paintings.

In 1968, her family moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico so her sister could attend the School for the Deaf. Susan got interested in photography from a high school class. Then she studied at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara and completed a degree in photography, later receiving a BFA and MFA from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She also studied at Maine’s Skowheagan school of Painting and Sculpture. Her greatest academic influences, though, came Nathan Oliveira and Wayne Thibeaud at the Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts while her early work as a photojournalist gave Contreras an interest in visual narrative that has informed her paintings from the beginning.

2012 Phyllis Kapp "Soft Summer Days"

2012 Phyllis Kapp Poster 

​It was 25 years ago that Kapp opened her studio on Canyon Road in Santa Fe. The studio eventually evolved into Waxlander Gallery, where over time she nurtured and represented countless other artists.

Kapp, who was born in Chicago in 1930, has often said she is inspired by nature, specifically the landscapes of northern New Mexico. But she is quick to point out that her work stays fresh and is always changing in spite of her long-standing attraction to this rugged region as subject matter.

“Nature,” she once said, “doesn’t do things in the same way all the time. Why should I?”

2009 Andre Kohn "Good Times Great Wine"

2009 Andre Kohn Poster

Born and raised in southern Russia near the Caspian Sea, Kohn grew up in a highly creative environment, encouraged by his parents to draw, paint, and sculpt freely. At the age of 15, he apprenticed in the studios of several noted Russian Impressionist and realist painters, and by age 16 knew beyond any doubt that he wanted to become a professional artist and so enrolled at the University of Moscow, where he earned a coveted spot in the school’s prestigious and highly competitive fine-arts program

However, in his third year of university, Kohn experienced a major geographic and cultural-paradigm shift. His father, then a high-ranking member of the Russian army, was invited to participate in the first international post-Cold War officer-exchange program, which consisted of a yearlong stint at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. In 1992, while Kohn was visiting his parents in the United States, his father announced their intention to remain in the country, thereby setting the family on a new course. Kohn wasted no time embracing his vastly changed life. He enrolled in the art program at Auburn University at Montgomery after becoming the first recipient of the International Peace Scholarship there. He went on to earn his bachelor of fine arts degree three years later.

After moving to the United States, Kohn held a variety of jobs to make ends meet—including house cleaner, picture framer, and car salesman—all while building his portfolio. He moved to Arizona in 2000, intrigued by the geography, climate, and ethos of the American West, especially its vast landscapes, horse and ranch operations, and Native American sites. He painted those themes for a while but eventually found that he had taken the subject matter as far as he could. At that point Kohn fully embraced his current brand of figurative work, which ultimately would provide him with a broader, more challenging set of creative possibilities.

Kohn refers to his painting style as “contemporary figurative expressionism.”

1998 Ramona Sakiestewa

1998 Ramona Sakiestewa Poster & Signed Lithographs 

Sakiestewa, born in 1948, is a contemporary Native American artist renowned for her tapestries, works-on-paper, and for her public art/architectural installations. In the late 1960s, she traveled to New York City to study at the School of Visual Arts, then returned to the Southwest, where she took a job as an arts administrator at Santa Fe’s Museum of New Mexico.

Largely self-taught as a weaver, Sakiestewa uses prehistoric Pueblo techniques from the American Southwest. In 1994 she was invited to join the architectural design team for the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Mall Museum, Washington, D.C. In 2009 she closed her Santa Fe weaving studio to further develop her works-on-paper and painting and architectural projects.

1999 Ted Rose "Big Hats no Cattle"

1999 Ted Rose Poster & Signed Lithographs 

Ted Rose (1940–2002) specialized in watercolors, in particular, watercolors centering around 20th-century American railroad art. (In 1999, the U.S. Postal Service selected him to paint five locomotives for the “All Aboard” stamp series, and Amtrak picked him as the artist for its 1997, 1998, and 1999 calendars.)

Although he painted plenty in his younger years and majored in art in college, financial necessity more or less forced him to give up painting until 1983. That year, he started painting again, and from then on produced over 1,000 works over the next 20 years, most of which centered on realistic depictions of trains and the railroad.