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A Colorado native\, Charles Lu na was born into a family of artists\, art patrons and art enthusiasts. It’ s no wonder\, then\, that he was encouraged to explore his innate artistic ability and enthusiastic passion for art making from an early age. As the a rtist himself puts it\, “Making art is something I have always loved and ha ve always done throughout my life.”

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L una developed freely as a self- taught artist from childhood through adoles cence\, appropriating and synthesizing the styles and techniques of popular media art and culture. He then attended the University of Colorado at Boul der as an art major\, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emph asis in Painting and Drawing in 1994. For the next several years Luna pursu ed an art career path as a festival and gallery artist\, including a 1995 e xhibition at Stables Gallery and a 1996 exhibition at King of Hearts Galler y\, both in Taos\, New Mexico. In 2000 Charles received a license to teach art through Metro State College in Denver\, Colorado\, and began working as an arts educator in the public school system. Currently Luna is pursuing a n MFA degree in painting at Colorado State University.

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Artist's Statement:

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I imagine that most people who choose the path of the artist do so in la rge part as a response to an affinity and/or latent talent for art making. As a life-long artist\, these motivations are the basis for my art experien ce as well. However over the years my reasons for pursuing this path have d eveloped beyond these foundational attributes\, and have become more focuse d on gaining self awareness through artistic self expression and exploratio n. My growth as a person and an artist has been largely influenced by speci al personal relationships with important people in my life\, and from my pe rsonal involvement in the intellectual vocation\, both as a student and as a teacher. Each artwork I create in its own way is representative of how in teractions with certain individuals and learning experiences over time have impacted my life\, informed my process\, and determined the direction of m y creative expression. It is my intention through my art to visually expres s those things in my experience that are genuinely important to me\, and to communicate something insightful about the human condition itself.

DTEND:20130127 DTSTAMP:20140820T135414 DTSTART:20121027 GEO:36.4059793;-105.5771041 LOCATION:Harwood Museum of Art\,238 Ledoux Street \nTaos\, New Mexico 87571 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:CHARLES LUNA\, Charles Luna UID:239754 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20121027T170000 DTSTAMP:20140820T135414 DTSTART:20121027T100000 GEO:36.4059793;-105.5771041 LOCATION:Harwood Museum of Art\,238 Ledoux Street \nTaos\, New Mexico 87571 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:CHARLES LUNA\, Charles Luna UID:239755 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR