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2011 - Volume 2 Issue 2
Casas Bonitas
Remodeling a Home
Article: Heather Parra
Photos: Bill Faulkner
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For Luis Navarro, the diversity of his artwork represents his own personal diversity. With a wide array of interests such as mythology, history, fantasy, politics, travel and culture, Navarro draws on all of these to produce artwork in a vast assortment of mediums and styles.

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1.) Luis Navarro

Luis Navarro Fine Art
207 N Avenida de Mesilla
Las Cruces, NM 88005
Part of Navarro's diversity is a unique balance between his personal fine art pieces and his commissioned pieces which range from portraits to motorcycles to guitars to t-shirts and everything in between. No matter what kind of work he is doing, for Navarro, it is all about finding the proper inspiration.

"When I do projects for other people, I'm inspired to get into every detail of the project so that it's tailored to the client," says Navarro.

Navarro has a talent for figuring out exactly what a client wants (even when they do not know themselves) and asking the right questions, so that when a project is finished, it is more than the client had imagined.

"I try to break down the visual context psychologically, and I'm able to get the right results," says Navarro of doing works for clients.

Navarro has been commissioned to do artwork by UPS, Warner Bros. and the US Army, amongst a multitude of other businesses and individuals.

The inspiration for his personal artwork, like many artists, comes from a variety of sources in his life. Many of his pieces draw on fantasy, mythology and fairy tales. Other ideas are sparked by heroes (real and fictional), cultural figures and architecture.

"I will find something I like in a fairy tale or a myth and I tell my own story about it," says Navarro.

One such piece that has its roots in mythology is titled Odin, and features the Norse god in all of his glory on a horse every bit as strong as he is. The immense details in this piece make the figures of Odin and his horse so life-like, while the colors and background give it a mystical quality.

Another piece, The Raven Queen, was inspired by a photo taken by one of Navarro's friends. The photograph was of a tree with the moon behind it and the tree had an eerie quality that led Navarro to think of the Raven Queen. The story behind the Raven Queen is that she is Death's wife, and she can bring either death or healing to those she comes in contact with. Navarro plans to make this piece the first in a trilogy of paintings, with Old Mother Winter and Black Maiden, to follow in the future.

Others of Navarro's works show more realism as they are portraits of cultural figures such as Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Bettie Page, Arnold Schwartzenegger and many more.

Most of Navarro's artwork is done in the studio that is attached to his gallery. He works best in his studio while listening to classical music or Jimi Hendrix and likes to work in solitude with his music. In contrast, when doing a public show, he likes chaos and noise and pulls the energy of the crowd into his work.

Navarro studied art at The College of the Canyons and The Los Angeles Academy of Art in California and says that he is the artist that he is because he studied with master artists Mark Westermoe, Gregory Weir-Quiton, Shawn Zents and Mike Butkus.

"Their teaching really helped me define myself," says Navarro of his instructors. "They are very important to how I've gotten here."

Navarro's art can be seen locally at Galerie Kartis, La Iguana Restaurant, and of course his own gallery, Luis Navarro Fine Art, which had its grand opening in July 2011. He also has works displayed at the Pop Gallery in Santa Fe and hopes to soon branch out to larger cities in the U.S. and internationally. ///
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