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Jesus A. Mata

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Lives in
Las Cruces, NM

Works in
Las Cruces, NM

New Mexico State University, 2009, MFA

Representing galleries
Charles Inc. Gallery, Mesilla NM

realism, conceptual, installation, mixed-media, sculpture, figurative, abstract, drawing, painting


My interest in drawing began at a young age. I remember trying to capture the image of things that caught my attention; some of these things were animals, plants, landscapes, people and countless others. My urge to sketch and draw was part of who I am and the act of mark making always felt natural. It was like creating magic, it allowed me to escape and go beyond reality into my own magical world.

My work is about how I experience the world around me, natural and artificial, organic and inorganic, concrete or ephemeral.



Master of Fine Arts - MFA (Drawing,Painting, Sculpture)

May 2009 New Mexico State University                                          

Las Cruces, NM

Bachelor of Fine Arts - BFA (Studio Art)

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

May 1995  New MexicoStateUniversity              

Las Cruces, NM


Professional Experience


2006 – Present                     Adjunct Instructor,  Las Cruces, NM

                                       New MexicoStateUniversity

Drawing and Sculpture Instructor

  • Instructs – Drawing I, III, Sculpture I, II, III
  • Assists and Monitors Students for drawing and sculpture classes


1995 – Present                     Self-Employed                                        Las Cruces, NM


  • Specializes on private and public commissions.
  • Assists the El PasoCountySheriffs Office - Criminal Investigation Division - Crimes Against Persons in Forensic and Profiling Sculpture
  • Creates sculptures and paintings with different mediums – paper, charcoal, graphite, acrylic, glass, stone, bronze, metal, wood (table tops to monumental)


Galleries representing art work: 

  1. Charles Inc. Design Studio and Gallery  - Mesilla, NM
  2. Marvelous Stone - El Paso, TX
  3. Patio Gallery, Las Cruces, NM (have represented work)
  4. LazaroArtGallery, Mesilla, NM (have represented work)


1995 - Present      

Private Art Instructor

Conducts studio art classes to the private and public sectors on the following:

  1. Sculpture
  2. Painting
  3. Drawing
  4. Ceramics
  5. Metal Arts
  6. Other


  • Exhibitions

2009 New Mexico State University – Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition

2008 New Mexico State University- Corbett Center 2-man show

2007 New Mexico State University Student Exhibition

2006 New MexicoStateUniversity Student Exhibition

2004-1997 (September) Arts HOP Charles, Inc Gallery

2004 National Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco Prevention Conference – Art and Tobacco Prevention Activities – Albuquerque, New Mexico

2003 Garland Appeal Foundation (A Commemoration of the Life of Linda McCartney--- Foundation) – Exhibition and Auction

2002   Sierra Providence Health Network’s/International Museum of Art

2003-1996 IMAR & Marvelous Stone

1999  Glenn Cutter Gallery

1999  Jemez Springs Gallery

1995  B.F.A. Thesis Exhibition – New MexicoStateUniversity

1994-1996  ArtSHOP  Adobe Patio Gallery

1994-1996    Galleria Lazaro

1993-1999 New MexicoStateUniversityArtGallery

1992-1993    Community Arts Gallery

1985-1987    New MexicoState Fair


  •  Workshops

1999-2001 Southwest Stone Carving Symposium

Jemez Springs, New Mexico


  • Awards

1994  Vivian B. Head Scholarship

1993    Janet Swanson Scholarship

1992-1994    & 1999 Student Art Exhibition Award at New MexicoStateU.

1987 New Mexico State Fair Award

1985  Concurso Nacional de Examenes de la Asociacion Americana de Maestros de Español y Portugues - Award


  • Art Work at Private Collections

USA (New Mexico, Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New York, Washington, DC)

Mexico (Chihuahua)

Switzerland (Geneva)




Fluent Bilingual / Bicultural - English and Spanish

Community Activities


  • 2005- Present Volunteer with Concilio CDS, Inc.- Civic Engagement programs.
  • 2004 Conference Presenter – Albuquerque, NM - National Latino Council on     Alcohol and Tobacco Prevention – youth art projects.
  • 2003- Present Fellow for National Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco Prevention – working with the educational system in southern New Mexico.
  • 1997-2004 Donated several art pieces (sculptures, drawings or other)  to not-for-profit organizations, such as the Leukemia Society, NM Teen Pregnancy Coalition, La Clinica de Familia, and Garland Appeal Foundation (A Commemoration of the Life of Linda McCartney--- Foundation).
  • Designed logo for STD’s Communication Campaign at New MexicoStateUniversity for Master of Public Health Department.
  • 1993   Designed logo for the Adolescent Family Life Program for teen pregnancy prevention program in Southern New Mexico.


Contractual Services


1995-Present      GadsdenIndependentSchool District – Artist in Residence

1998 – 2004       Las Cruces, NM, Santa Teresa, NM, Sunland Park,NM

Programa Bienestar – La Clinica de Familia, Inc.

Santa Teresa Middle & High Schools Art Education and Tobacco Control, Alcohol Prevention and Substance Abuse Prevention Program.

a.)     Introduced new materials and techniques for art projects.

b.)     Conducted art history education and art appreciation classes.

c.)      Planned, coordinated, evaluated student art exhibitions for SantaTeresaMiddle School, and High School.






1995 – 1998

Peer Education Program                                 Truth or Consequences, NM


  • Assisted Health Educator in recruitment of youth ages 12-15 for Peer Education Program.
  • Conducted presentations and classes on drawing, painting, and sculpture for youth.
  • Conducted art history education and art appreciation classes.
  • Conducted presentations as well on youth goals, self-esteem, and substance abuse prevention.

Art Exhibition Juror

  • 2000 - 2009 Juror for the Gadsden Independent School District Student Art Exhibition.
  • 1996 Juror for Art exhibition poster contest for Middle School Students in Truth or Consequences, NM.  Tobacco Prevention (topic).

Studied under the following Artists:

Jacklyn St. Aubin (New Mexico State University 1992-1995, 2006-2009)

Joshua Rose (New Mexico State University 2006-2009)

Dale Newkirk (New Mexico State University 1992-1994)

Rachel Stevens (New Mexico State University 1994-1995, 2006-2009)

Spencer Fidler (New Mexico State University 1993)

Steve Edwards – El Paso, TX  (1985-1988)


Attended Workshops under the following Artists:

Jesus Bautista Moroles – Houston, TX Sculptor (2001)

Rollie Grandbois – Jemez Springs, NM Sculptor (1999-2001)

Jerald Lynch – New York, NY (1999-2000)

Cliff Fragua – New Mexico (1999-2000)

Lincoln Fox – New York, NY (1995)




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