High Horse

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Ed Sandoval, whom you met here on the blog as his alter ego, Zorro, is one of Northern New Mexico’s most accomplished and collected artists.

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A Native Son of the State, Ed was born and raised in Nambe and went to school in Los Alamos, where his father worked as an engineer. Ed was the recipient of the N.M.¬†Governor’s Award For Excellence in the Arts in 2013.

Ed’s lived in Taos for over two decades after time spent in Truchas, where he met and befriended the cast and crew of Robert Redford’s Milagro Beanfield War, while they filmed the movie adapted from the book by long time Taos resident, John Nichols.

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The character of Amarante inspired Sandoval to include the little old man (El Viejito) who has become his trademark and his brand, in his colourful, impressionistic and iconic depictions of El Norte.

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Most of Ed’s work is way out of range for us mere mortals, but for the past three years, the artist has published a calendar with frameable prints of work he’s made during the current calendar year.

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I saw the new one last week and it’s stunning.

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These are a few of the images in the current offering which is available at the Ed Sandoval Gallery on the corner of the Plaza and Paseo. You can visit Ed Sandoval’s site (linked below this post) for more information and to order by mail.

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Ed was recently spotted on the Travel Channel’s special on Forrest Fenn’s Treasure that aired last week, riding around town in Zorro mode. His Gallery Director, Katya Luce who was profiled here on the blog, was featured in the special.

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Zorro trotting through town on one of his Arabian Steeds is truly a sight to behold – Sandoval is a life-long equestrian who is a joy to watch as he puts his horses through their paces. But I think this snap shot of him, high on his horse painting away, really says it all about Ed!

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All images care of the Barry Norris Studio in Taos.

Top two photos of Ed Sandoval by the fabulously talented Bill Curry who also shot the Masked Rider pics!

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