Western Horseman Magazine Features Wyoming Artist Chris Navarro
Western Horseman Magazine November Issue Features Wyoming Artist Chris Navarro
– Chris Navarro
CASPER, WYOMING, United States, November 3, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – MONUMENTS MAN
Artist Chris Navarro uses his experience riding bulls and bronced horses to depict stories about the rodeo and the Western way of life in monuments and bronze sculptures. By Jennifer Denison
Chris Navarro is best known for his larger-than-life sculptures of horses, cowboys, Native Americans and rodeo legends. Casting clay into monuments with his hands, he puts more than his time and skill into each bronze, he also adds subtle details of his connection to the Western lifestyle as a rope access technician and bull rider, and a deep passion that cannot be seen but is felt when you stand under one of its towering bronzes.
âI tell others that being a bull rider was great training to be a professional artistâ¦ the two things you need to be a good bull rider are confidence and conviction and these are exactly the same things that you need to do to be a good bull rider. you need to be successful as an artist or anything else. I didn’t have much for myself when I first started rodeo or creating art, no money or formal training. However, I believed that what I lacked in talent and knowledge I could make up for with effort and determination. “
âMy work has always been linked to my life,â explains the artist from his gallery at Tlaquepaque Arts Village in Sedona, Arizona. “Family, horses, rodeo and art have been my driving passions, and I hope others can see it in my work.” – Chris Navarro
In May, he received a Bull Riding Hall of Fame Legacy Award for his dedication to excellence and his commitment and contribution to the BRHOF. âRiding bulls and creating art are very similar in nature,â he says. âTo be the best you can be, you have to put your heart and soul into it.
Respected for his visual storytelling skills and connection to cowboy culture, Navarro’s last commission was to carve a monument in honor of the buckaroo. Born a Buckaroo was dedicated in June in Winnemucca, Nevada. Although he is best known for his monuments and Western art, Navarro says he doesn’t like being classified as a “cowboy artist.” His latest interest is in reusing obsolete wind turbine blades into monumental works of art. âAfter reading an article about the problem of disposing of obsolete wind turbine blades in my hometown landfill in Casper, Wyoming, I was surprised not only at the scale and magnitude of this problem, but also by the image of a large bulldozer burying these blades, covering them with dirt never to see them again, âhe says in a YouTube video he created about the project. âSeeing these large blades buried in the landfill, my artistic spirit kicked in and found a way to reuse these obsolete blades. I wanted to turn them from unwanted garbage into a beautiful work of art. Navarro has created models for five sculptures using the blades and is developing ways to generate interest and funding to pursue them. âIt takes one person, one moment and one idea to trigger a wave of change that makes a difference in this world,â he says. After all, it only took once the experience of a horse, riding and carving, and the right people, to make the life changes that gave Navarro the passion and the aim to pursue his dreams and share his struggles and successes through art.
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