Exhibit: Circle of Life: Ka Pōʻai o Ke Ola a collection of paintings by David Maes Gallegos

August 13, 2022 @ 9:00 am – September 18, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
Volcano Art Center Gallery
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI 96718
Free event although park entrance fees apply.
(808) 967-7565

The Volcano Art Center gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is proud to announce an exhibition of new works depicting images of hula and Hawaiian Aumakua by David Maes Gallegos. The show opens to the public on August 13 and continues through September 18, 2022, 9am-5pm, daily.  A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, August 27 from 2-4 pm. While admission is free, park entrance fees apply.

 David Maes Gallegos was born in Denver, Colorado in 1954, a child and grandchild of Arapaho and Cheyenne ancestry. At a young age David and his family moved to San Francisco. At age 14 David received his first art award, First Place in Graphic Arts at the California State Fair. Subsequent awards and scholarships in painting and drawing were acquired while he completed 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 in Painting and Printmaking from the University of California, San Francisco.

He had his first one-man show at Marshall – Myers Gallery in San Francisco in 1978. From 1978 to 1990 David exhibited in numerous one person and group exhibitions in California and worked with Tamarind lithographer, Ernest DeSoto.

Between 1985-86 he produced five limited edition lithographs, including his 1984 Chicago Night: “No Defense Against Nuclear Weapons – Art for Peace” Lithograph. (2/2). Posters of this 9-plate lithograph were sent to the US Senate and US House of Representatives. The START treaties followed a year later in 1985.

In 1990, David was discovered by Zephyr Cove Publishing – Japan. He signed to a five-year contract from 1990 to 1995, and again from 2000 to 2003.  The Artist traveled to Japan annually for exhibitions of his Artworks in Sendai, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Kyoto, and Fukuoka.

David has displayed his art and won awards in numerous one person and group shows nationally and internationally. His work is in the collections of The California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art, The Smithsonian, The Albright Kemper Museum, St. Louis, University of Arizona, The Richmond Art Center to name a few. His art also hangs in several private and corporate collections and has been featured in Architectural Digest, Art in America, Art Week, and the Encyclopedia of Living Artists.  He has been featured in many news periodicals, from New York to Hawaii, where he moved in 1984. He currently teaches and creates in his home studio “Spirit Art Studio” in Kona, Hawaii.

 “David’s recent works displayed in this exhibition are a combination of oil painting and pyrography, expertly rendered on locally sourced woods,” states VAC gallery Manager Emily C. Weiss. For more information, visit call (808) 967-7565.


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