Artist S.M. Chavez

S.M. Chavez (Sean Michael Chavez – b. 1971) is a native of New Mexico and a graduate of the Southwest University of Visual Arts. Working in oil, he uses a sophisticated pallet of grays and mid-range value keys to express his own unique vision of the southwest. His work is a marriage of old and new that nods to the past as well as to the future of traditional western landscape painting.

A soothing sense of color and exceptional design aesthetic places his work within the spectrum of the best the genre has to offer. Included within notable corporate and private collections, his next frontier will be within the collections of art museums.

S.M. Chavez is currently represented by Santa Fe’s Acosta Strong Fine Art on Canyon Road. His first opening at the gallery in 2019, was completely sold out on it’s inaugural weekend.

Group shows that he is included in for 2020 include;  Coors Western Art Show, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum – Small Works, Great Wonders, Albuquerque Museum of Art – ArtsThrive!, New Mexico Museum of Art – NOW!.

Acosta-Strong Fine Art
200 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 453-1825

I could not be more thrilled to be represented by Santa Fe gallery, Acosta Strong Fine Art. The gallery showcases both Historic and Contemporary art with western themes. My first opening at the Canyon Road gallery in April of 2019 sold out on it’s second night. I’m honored to be showing within the same space as the Taos Masters and Santa Fe Cinco Pintores – the artists responsible for making Santa Fe and New Mexico the art destination that it is today.

Sara Smith Contemporary  |

I am honored to be represented by the generous Sara Smith Contemporary along side such notable and talented artists such as Holly Roberts, Eli Levin and of course Kevin Tolman. In September 2016, a successful solo exhibition of over 20 paintings was displayed with numerous paintings sold. Additional exhibitions are expected in the later part of 2017.

solo exhibitions
Old West, New West, Acosta-Strong Fine Art, 2021 – Upcoming
Revelation, Acosta-Strong Fine Art, 2019
New Landscapes, Warren Fine Art, 2018
New Landscapes, Sara Smith Contemporary, 2017
Acrobats II
Acrobats I

Western Gallery, May 2020, Curator’s Award
Art Muse, May 2016, Finalist
Masterworks NM, 2016, Award of Excellence
Corrales Starry Night, 2015, Artists’ Choice

Western Art Collector, Fresh Paint – April 2021
New Mexico Magazine, Riding High – February 2021
New Mexico Magazine – 2020
Alibi Art Pick –  Acrobats I
Alibi Art Pick –  Acrobats II

Southwest University of Visual Arts

associations & memberships
Rio Grande Art Association
Harwood Art Center
New Mexico Art League
Plein Air Painters of New Mexico

selected group exhibitions

Coors Western Art Show and Exhibition – Upcoming
Young Guns Colorado, Coors Western Art – Upcoming

Young Guns Colorado, Coors Western Art
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum – Small Works, Great Wonders
Albuquerque Museum of Art – ArtsThrive!
New Mexico Museum of Art – NOW!

Historical & Noted Contemporary Western Artists
Winter Small Works

City of Mud
Lay of the Land
NMAL Smallworks
Artists in the Gardens