We call him the Chicano Picasso around here in the Arizona desert. We lost El Moises before when he went to live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and many of us were grateful to see him share his talent when he came back to live in Phoenix. Phoenix was a launch pad for El Moises and served its purpose when he reinvented himself setting a solid foundation with regard to his art path.
According to Princeton and Greek or Roman mythology, the legend of the Phoenix has to do with a mythical bird that is a fire spirit with a colorful plumage and a tail of gold and scarlet (or purple, blue, and green according to some legends). It has a 500 to 1000 year life-cycle, near the end of which it builds itself a nest of twigs that then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix or phoenix egg arises, reborn anew to live again.
Art enthusiasts can spot Moises anywhere with the colorful plumage attached to his cowboy hat many recognize him for. But with that plumage, it is now time for Moises to spread his wings and fly to Taos, New Mexico – a type of Mecca or pilgrimage site for special and gifted artists. In fact, many artists from across the world can only dream of moving to Taos to pursue their artistry.
Taos will be his new life as he plans to open up the Moises Gallery – a new gallery that allows him to focus exclusively on his own art. Moises has been curating and exhibiting on behalf of many emerging artists and renowned artists in Arizona, but now it is time for him to concentrate on his own work. He plans to use Moises Gallery as his working studio where tourists will be able to see him performing live art demonstrations. El Moises is teaming up with Marcos Aragon – who is the owner of Tim’s Stray Dog Cantina and El Camino Cantina. Marcos met El Moises years ago when he needed original artwork for his El Camino Cantina, and Moises produced art for him that spoke bold and bright. Marcos also saw a need to bring a Chicano arte and car atmosphere to his new business in Taos – essentially a stepping stone vision for a new art gallery and partnership.
It is said Taos has more artists per capita than any other city in the world. Taos has over 80 art galleries and art enthusiasts can enjoy original art on walls of restaurants, businesses and public offices. One can appreciate outdoor sculptures and murals throughout downtown.
El Moises is not new to the New Mexico art scene. He made an impression in the art world during the contemporary Hispanic
market and his artwork has been exhibited in the Santisima Gallery, Masks y Mas, Mariposa Gallery, Legends Gallery, DoubleTake, most recently at Lonedog Noisecat Gallery and throughout Espanola.
When asked about his feelings towards his big move to Taos, Moises said: “There is an awesome energy in Taos. It did not take my heart much time to realize that I am at center of an amazing energy and at the center where people from around the world come to stay and visit in the name of art.”
Although Moises and his lovely family are moving to Taos, New Mexico, Phoenicians will continue to enjoy him as he flies back and forth to paint more murals throughout Arizona and the southwest. For example, the Reed Montessori School in downtown Phoenix has been modernizing and making upgrades in preparation for Moises to paint a historic mural that is approximately 12’ x 30’. The Reed Montessori School was the first Montessori school built in Phoenix and the name of the mural project Moises will come back for is titled: El Sol De Colores. While Moises is involved with several new projects in Taos, he will continue to work out of his stomping ground in Phoenix. Future Chicano art projects are under way in Phoenix – and Moises will be at the helm giving Chicano art direction. The new move to Taos expands and will solidify the southwest regional plans Moises has for the art world.