Artist S.M. Chavez

S.M. Chavez (Sean Michael Chavez) is a proud native of New Mexico. Working in oil, the pivotal subject within his compositions is the Vaquero. The work is a marriage of old and new, nodding to historic masters such as the Taos Society of Artists as well as to the future of contemporary western art.

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

S.M. Chavez is currently represented by Santa Fe’s Acosta Strong Fine Art on Canyon Road. His solo show is titled “The West, A Second Coming’ is scheduled for August of 2021. His first show at the gallery in 2019 was sold out.

Selected additional venues for 2021 include: Coors Western Art Show, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and Albuquerque Museum of Art.

In 2022, he will be participating in the Couse Foundations Gala & Art Auction at the Couse-Sharp Historic Site in Taos, New Mexico — whose mission is to preserve the Couse-Sharp Historic Site.

“It is ironic that the history of the Vaquero is a hidden one. Without the Vaquero, the west and the cowboy as we know it doesn’t exist and neither does western art. It is my honor to be painting this subject with the same sense of duty and connection to place that the original cowboy must have felt. The work must be done. It’s a passion. I’m happy to be doing it.”

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.

solo exhibitions

The West, Acosta-Strong Fine Art, 2021
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