David Maes Gallegos was born in Denver, Colorado, on September 23, 1954. After winning scholarships in painting and drawing, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with high distinction from California College of Arts and Crafts in 1974. In 1977 Gallegos received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Printmaking from the University of California, San Francisco.
In the San Francisco Bay area from 1978 to 1990 David had numerous one person and group museum exhibitions. During this time he worked with Tamarind lithographer, Ernest DeSoto, and in 1985 produced his first socially conscious poster “Art for Peace.” From 1986 to 1992 he traveled throughout the United States and abroad. From 1992 to present he has traveled to Japan for numerous museum and gallery exhibitions. Among other awards, he is the winner of the Inter-faith Forum on Art, Religion and Architecture International Arts Award. Gallegos’s art has been featured in Architectural Digest, Art in America, Artweek, and the Encyclopedia of Living Artists.
David Gallegos has displayed in a number of museums and galleries including The Richmond and Redding Art Museums, Harcourt’s Contemporary, and the Mexican Museum California. David Gallegos’s work also hangs in a number of private and corporate collections.
View VAC’s Current Exhibition: Ka Po’ai O Ke Ola- Circle of Life, Paintings of Hula and Nature by David Gallegos