Jesus A. Mata
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
2006 – Present Adjunct Instructor, Las Cruces, NM
Drawing and Sculpture Instructor
1995 – Present Self-Employed Las Cruces, NM
Galleries representing art work:
1995 - Present
Private Art Instructor
Conducts studio art classes to the private and public sectors on the following:
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
1999-2001 Southwest Stone Carving Symposium
Jemez Springs, New Mexico
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
USA (New Mexico, Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New York, Washington, DC)
Fluent Bilingual / Bicultural - English and Spanish
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
Art Exhibition Juror
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)