Spaghetti Western and Native American Art Surges in Arizona With Continued Southwestern Collaborated EffortsWednesday, February 27th, 2013
Just about everyone in his family wears cowboy boots, and it is no wonder the fine artist El Moises has been painting them for quite some time. After all, cowboy boots are a working man’s shoe in the fields or on the farm in Arizona and Mexico.
Moises did not have to go to Italy to create Western American art that made Sergio Leone’s famous spaghetti western movies a smashing success at the box office, because he lived a bit of that growing up in the southwest. One of Moises’ favorite memories as a kid was watching his grandmother make homemade tortillas and candy outside on a wood fire stove near the border in Algodones, Mexico, located near Yuma, Arizona.
Moises is no stranger to painting fine art that gives his enthusiasts a flare for Chicano urban art from a Wild Wild West standpoint. Most of his life has been spent in Arizona, and he later lived and exhibited his contemporary fine art at the prestigious Legends Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, before returning to Phoenix again. In addition to painting cowboy boots, guitars, agave and cacti, Moises was inspired to paint Native American Chiefs. He began painting Native Chiefs because he believed the history of the indigenous peoples needed to be brought back to the forefront in contemporary art form in light of draconian laws Arizona was implementing. He is known for his cross hatching technique that seems to glisten with each stroke of the brush – and
it seems you can literally see each brush stroke that indicates the time and intricate precision he invokes onto the canvas.
Indeed Arizonans appreciate the romantic version of the American West during dark moments. And the Caballeros at heart will never forget how we taught cowboys how to cowboy the ranchera way. We currently see Moises bringing strong Native American art to Arizona and we fully support his collaborating with his Native American renowned artists friends like Nani Chacon, Ryan Singer, and Jason Rudolph Pena as he continues to bring their talent here to Arizona from New Mexico. And speaking of New Mexico — if you are ever in the Taos neighborhood, feel free to visit El Camino Cantina where you will see more of his art exhibited in this modern rustic-style Mexican Restaurant.