Followers of contemporary art can appreciate the highly original and masterful work of A. T. Archuleta. The artist, working seamlessly in a variety of mediums and styles has pushed his concepts forward into his finished works. He expresses an artistic maturity relying on a solid foundation of knowledge and technique, and executes pieces that demonstrate a control of surface and detail creating a depth found within his paintings that is studied and appreciated by his peers. His perspective of human struggle and great appreciation and respect of Hispanic and Native American culture is portrayed throughout his work. His figures and landscapes create a tranquil mood that transcends time. The artist approaches each new piece with a fresh eye and a curious mind. “All of my artwork has to do with my experience and perspective of life. Each piece is a personal expression of my culture and where I am when I create it. Everything I see I look at in terms of how I can bring out the hidden colors to capture an image that needs to be shared. I strive to bring an image to life through color and form so it can add, or awaken an experience for the viewer.” explains the artist.
Born and raised in Colorado, Anthony Tomas realized at a very young age that he possessed a unique ability to capture and express emotions on canvas. His talents did not go unrecognized, and as a result had many of his early childhood artwork displayed in various art centers in Colorado. He obtained his Bachelors degree from Colorado State University, and achieved a Masters degree from the University of Colorado. His work in oils and true fresco continues to evolve from the realism of portraits toward an impressionistic style, where color draws a person into the picture enabling the viewer to feel the emotion that the painting portrays. A number of his paintings currently reside in private collections and galleries. Archuleta’s buon fresco work can also be see in La Garita in the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado. This is home to over 26 images painted by the artist creating the largest buon fresco rosary walk in the world. Some of the images are over 14 ft tall depicting the life of Christ. All images are located outside between a small church and cometary which open to the public year round.
Inspired by his travels to Spain, France, Italy and South America, Anthony incorporates the use of both knives and brushes along with dramatic and intense colors to create his unique one-of-a-kind paintings. He is best known for his ability to combine colors and textures to evoke feelings and moods in his work. Anthony still resides in Colorado, and continues to travel and gain inspiration for his artwork.