About the ArtistRon Trujillo’s paintings have an Asian flare but are influenced by the random marks that children make – from drawing, spills, sprays, to the marks made by the hands. While this may seem an unusual combination, it was not a stretch for Ron, raising his son in his art studio. This unique blend can be seen in the floral and abstract elements as well as his spare, geometric composition.
Having been a working artist in Denver for over 35 years, Ron’s painting drawings, and prints have been featured in numerous exhibitions at galleries, museums, and cultural centers throughout the United States. Ron received a COVisions Recognition Award from the Colorado Council for the Arts in 1996 and won first place at the 1995 Poudre Valley Art League 34th Annual National Exhibition in Fort Collins. Additionally, he received the Invited Minorities Fellowship to the Printmaking Workshop in New York in 1989. While maintaining an active studio practice, he has continued to teach painting, drawing, and printmaking at colleges and universities.
A Colorado native, Ron holds an M.F.A. from the University of Colorado with an emphasis in printmaking and painting. Through the years, his work has undergone many changes. Initially it focused on printmaking and drawing and later evolved into painting. His works can be found in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States.
Artist StatementArtists are influenced by the situations they are put into, and by the environments they surround themselves with. During the time that I was the primary care giver for my son I learned a lot about mark making. This series is about the voluntary and involuntary mark making of a child - the spills, the splatters, the sprays and the fingerprints.
The Asian influences are evident in the floral elements and the spare, geometric composition. While I have always admired Asian art, my son’s studies of Chinese as a second language led to a reintroduction to this work. I have taken liberties with these elements and transformed them into a sophisticated use of color with formal elements that contribute to the over all presentation of the work.
Exhibitions2016 Through the Whimsical Eye, Artwork Network, Denver, Colorado.
2014 Color Outside the Lines, Republic Plaza, Denver, Colorado.
2011 Botanica Spectaculum II, Republic Plaza, Denver, Colorado.
2006 Never Leaving, Museo de las Americas, Denver, Colorado.
2004 Occupied, Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado.
1999 Recent Works, The Casements, Ormond Beach, Florida.
1997 A Meeting of Nature and Abstraction, 1/1: A Gallery, Denver, Colorado.
1996 20/20 Vision: An Anniversary Exhibition, Arvada Center, Arvada, Colorado.
1992 Arcadia, Payton-Rule Gallery, Denver, Colorado.
1989 Impressions: Our World, An Exhibit of the Work of Minority Artists of The Printmaking Workshop, Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.
Three Contemporary Presses, Associated American Artists, New York City, New York.
1987 4 X 4--Sixteen Printmakers from the Four Corner States, traveling exhibition.
Prisoners of Conscience, Amnesty International Exhibit, Arvada Center, Arvada, Colorado.
1980 Sixth Annual All Colorado Show, Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado.
Education1977 M.F.A. University of Colorado
1974 B.F.A. University of Colorado
Awards1998 Top Award--15th Annual All Colorado Art Show
1996 COVisions Recognition Award--Visual Arts
1995 First Place. Poudre Valley Art League 34th National Art Exhibition
1989 Invited Minority Fellowship, Printmaking Workshop, New York City
1987 Mile High Arts Festival Visual Arts Award(A.I.R.)
PressMichael Paglia, “Reality Shows,” Westword, August 26, 2004.
Joanne Ditmer, “Walls Booming with Blossoms,” The Denver Post, June 16, 2000.
Mary Voelz Chandler, “Critics’ Choice,” Rocky Mountain News, June 25, 2000.
Mary Voelz Chandler, “The Secret Life of Flowers,” Rocky Mountain News, April 10, 2000.
Gallery RepresentationMary Woerner Fine Arts, West Palm Beach, Florida