One Artist Show

New exhibit highlighting Edgar Sotelo

Edgar Sotelo is known for his award winning depictions of charreadas and contemporary ranch scenes. Sotelo lives with his wife, Michelle; daughters, Alissa, Aleah and Ava; and a handful of American Quarter Horses on a small place called La Joya (The Jewel) south of Sulphur Springs, Texas.

Raised in a creative atmosphere, Sotelo’s love for art first developed in Mexico, where he was born.  His great-grandfather, grandfather and father were all artists.  At age 5, he showed talent drawing horses, charros, and cowboys.  “My father taught me how to draw horses from memory and use some of the techniques and materials my grandfather had used.  One of my fondest memories was when my dad showed me the murals he helped paint in some government buildings around Durango City, Mexico.  That made a lasting impression on me.”

He took his parents’ advice to avoid becoming a starving artist by getting a corporate job, but Sotelo kept at his drawing.  He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1988, having paid for part of his tuition by selling pencil sketches and he got his first commission from then-professor Dr. Jim Heird.  “I did well in corporate America,” Sotelo said, “but I always had a passion for art and did it on weekends and late at night.”

Throughout his career, he has learned from some of the best, including Paul Milosevich and Cowboy Artists of America members: Martin Grelle, Bruce Greene, Jim Norton, Ned Jacob and Loren Entz.  He has also been guided in important ways by his wife, Michelle.  She urged him to try oils in the early 1990s and brought him back to art when a loss in his family caused him to abandon painting for several years.

Sotelo believes in experiencing what he paints.  He does this by attending charreadas in Texas and visiting ranches that allow him to ride along to observe, record and preserve the cowboy and charro way of life.  He seeks out ranches that still do things much as they were done a hundred years ago.   Experiencing this first hand has created a deeper respect and admiration for the culture and authentic way of life. 

Since 1998, Sotelo has attended spring and fall roundups on different ranches and taken thousands of photographs as reference material for his paintings.  He has covered thousands of acres of rugged west Texas land visiting the Pitchfork Ranch in Guthrie, Texas and has ridden with the cowboys on the Tongue River Ranch in Dumont, Texas.

Today, whether he’s taking the time to pass on skills to his artistic daughters, working on a commission or riding with cowboys he’s observing for future artworks, Sotelo devotes himself full time to painting and loving every minute.  “I feel that I am the luckiest man around because I get to do what I love to do.  I am very passionate about my art.  I love to paint anything that has to do with tradition.  I have a special connection with my subjects, because that reflects the true character of the subject on the final piece.”

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For any questions regarding this exhibit or available artwork, please contact the museum at (806) 376-5181 or museum@aqha.org