Rudy conceives of his calling as an artist as a means of presenting ideas, giving them form and shape.
Rather than Rudy
himself dominating the process, the conceptual has predominance.
The abstract persists and Rudy
, as a sculptor, acts as a vehicle to communicate and give these ideas form, to let them arise.
has evolved from steel sculpture in the 1970s.
is known for his
nude bronze figures that reflect the tension between creating abstract and figurative work.
also understands that the personal feeling and complete creative guidance he
gives to each piece (as described in the Process below), is also appreciated by those who collect his
As such, he
will place severe restrictions on the quantity produced so that his
collectors can feel as special about the piece as he
Rudy Gonzales, Sculptor
When meeting Rudy
for the first time, clients are typically taken back by the peace and gentleness of the man in contrast to the power and complexity of his
A native New Mexican, Rudy Gonzales
was raised in Santa Fe.
Student, teacher, craftsman, artist, Rudy's life has taken him down many roads guided by his
desire to participate fully in all aspects of life.
As in life, Rudy
values the process of creating a piece and assisting with the manifestation.
Rudy's uncle, Eulogio, was an early mentor who encouraged mindfulness, and instilled a process-oriented patience in his
Rudy began his formal study of art at Highlands University in Northern New Me
xico receiving his
undergraduate degree with a double major in Art.
then continued at Highland's with a teaching assistance-ship and his
Masters Degree in Art.
After finishing his work at Highland's University, Rudy lived and worked in California as an Art Instructor at both College and High School, returning to the youth the gifts that he had received as a student.
While on the west coast, he
was represented by galleries in Morgan Hill, California.
returned to Santa Fe in the 1970's and started showing with Ron Robles' Gallery
and Ernesto Mayans in the early 1980's.
is represented by Darnell Fine Art
in Santa Fe.
Santa Fe is known throughout the U.S. as one of the premier and most competitive art centers in the country.
has garnered respect for his
work not only outside of the community but also, just as importantly, from inside the Santa Fe community.
Rudy's first privately commissioned works was ordered by "Vanessie," a popular local piano lounge, where "Cabeza de Fiero," completed in 1984, can be seen over the fireplace.
From Art Teacher to Master Plumber to Sculptor for over 30 years, Rudy
has mastered a unique blend of skills enabling him to take part in the whole creation: metal working, foundry and metal chemistry.
starts organically from the clay which he
makes himself, without preliminary sketches or drawings.
then creates small maquettes, which will eventually become larger works in bronze.
is part of the full life-giving cycle of a bronze piece from idea, to his
clay, molds and wax, and completing the finishing process including the creation of the base.
often supervises and participates in the foundry process.
An important part of spirit of the work involves coloring or patina which he
always personally creates and, at times, to the specifications of the client.