Often integrating the natural beauty of the wood grain that he uses as a canvas, David Maes Gallegos illustrates radiant landscapes, Hawaiian hula, and natural flora compositions all with an eye for subtle color and spare lines. The artist was born in Denver, Colorado in 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 the 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.