DAVID BACA

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David Baca

born 1961

David Baca started drawing at a very young age when his brother’s accurate sketches of cars inspired him to pick up a pencil. Baca began to create his earliest work – drawings of houses on rugged mountainsides with bridges connecting them.

Those early beginnings led to Baca’s decision in 1983 to dedicate his life to being an artist. Living in New Mexico at the time, Baca’s early career began with pastel drawings and monotypes of representational southwest landscapes. He was selling everything he produced. That period lasted for approximately four years during which time he evolved to a full time painter.

In February of 1988, Baca took his career to NYC and began to transition from pastels and monotypes into acrylic paintings. He left his previous inventory behind, ready to start afresh and expand his career outside of a regional style. His paintings were large explosions of inner city glimpses as he began to find his niche in urban-inspired landscapes. Private representation by art dealer Marcel Sitcoske, who hung Baca’s newest work in her 3000 square foot Washington Avenue loft, resulted in years of uninterrupted painting. He was creating commissions for clients across the country and hosting solo shows in Manhattan art galleries; he had broken out of regionalism and felt limitless when it came to his growing art career.

In 1990, the building where Baca lived burned well beyond repair in a rampant fire. Luckily he had just shipped out a large commission and many of his pieces were on display his private dealer’s loft, yet Baca lost a considerable amount of paintings, materials, and memories. Undaunted, he reassembled paint, canvases, and a new studio within a few days – ready to begin again. The powerful screeching emotions erupting from the fire fueled an important body of work called The Fire Paintings. Utilizing this profound experience Baca landed a solo show in  Soho at Gallery 63. After another year and a half, he returned to New Mexico.

While living in the East Village, Baca met a woman named Cora Bettcher who in the mid-90s opened Bettcher Gallery in Miami. Soon Baca had a show in her new space. At first she was exhibiting the work he had previously done, but as his trips and experiences in Florida continued, he found a new palette and focus.

Fast forward to 2000 – Baca believes his current body of work is a triumph. Spatial compositions, the use of drawing, and the confident looseness in these paintings prove that his past choices have provided a well-based platform for his current abstractions.

Solo Exhibitions:

2016 Pippin Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

1999 Bettcher Gallery, Miami Beach, FL

1998 Expressions in Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

1998 Bettcher Gallery, Miami Beach, FL

1996 Bettcher Gallery, Miami Beach, FL

1995 Bettcher Gallery, Miami Beach, FL

1992 Gallery 10, Santa Fe, NM

1990 Gallery 63, New York, NY

1989 Live Paint Project at Limelight, New York, NY

1987 Dartmouth Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

1987 Taos Company, Taos, NM

1986 Taos Company, Taos, NM

1986 Westwind Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

1985 Galeria del Sol, Albuquerque, NM

Group Exhibitions:

2018 Art Palm Springs with Jorge Mendez Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

2017 Art Palm Springs with Jorge Mendez Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

1998 Aid and Comfort Benefit Auction, Santa Fe, NM

1997 Aid and Comfort Benefit Auction, Santa Fe, NM

1996 Live Paint Project at White Rocks, Philip Morris, Albuquerque, NM

1995 Gallery 10, Santa Fe, NM

1995 Gallery 10, Scottsdale, AZ

1993 Copeland Rutherford Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1993 Gallery at the Rep, Santa Fe, NM

1992 Turner Caroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1991 Gallery 10, Santa Fe, NM

1991 PBS Fine Arts Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

1991 Helio Gallery, New York, NY

1990 PBS Fine Arts Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

1990 The Printmaking Workshop, Brooklyn, NY

1988 Enthios Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1987 Tally Richards Gallery, Taos, NM

1987 Dartmouth Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

1987 Festival of a Vacant Building, Albuquerque, NM

1986 Kimo Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

1985 New Trends, Santa Fe, NM

1984 Galeria del Sol, Albuquerque, NM

Awards & Museum Exhibitions:

1998 Museo de las Americas, Benefit Auction, Denver, CO

1990 The Sheldon Bergh Award, London

1990 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, New York, NY

1989 Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Fellowship, New York, NY

Corporate Collections & Private Collections:

Rowan Companies – Houston Texas

Singer Smith & Williams Law Firm – Albuquerque New Mexico

Robert Wise – Director – Avenue of the Stars, LA

Tom Parks – Comedian - Los Angeles

Walter E. Massey – National Science Foundation  (former Director]

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