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New Works by Orlando Leyba

Aug 24, 2008

Contact: Colleen Franco
Phone: 505-954-9902
Images available on request



SANTA FE, N.M. [Monday, August 25, 2008] – Blue Rain Gallery is exhibiting a selection of new artwork by painter Orlando Gabby Leyba in an exhibition that runs from Friday, November 7 through Friday, November 21. The show will be held at Blue Rain Gallery at 130 Lincoln Avenue in Santa Fe. The gallery will hold an artist reception on Friday, November 7 at 5 p.m.

In his newest work, Leyba continues to create vibrant canvases depicting dichotomies -- such as beauty versus decay -- as well as the friction between different mind sets, values, and life experiences. He relates those opposing ideas in compelling multi-media canvases and panels that balance various narrative elements with bold colors and muted tones. “I try to juxtapose things that we are immediately attracted to with other elements that, if you just scratch beneath the surface, you find another kind of beauty,” explains Leyba.

His paintings meld distorted images from nature, hot rod and low rider magazines, and his recent trips to Spain and Morocco where he was influenced by the Moorish architecture, the countries’ exotic cultures, and vibrant colors. Leyba uses a variety of media on each canvas including acrylic, oil, and enamel paints, colored pencils, and collage elements. On some panels, he adds plaster which he then carves to create extra dimension in the artwork.

Of his work Leyba says, “I’m looking for a broader connection between where I grew up in Chimayo, New Mexico and the broader world. I’m pursing all possibilities in terms of visual and intellectual connections from my land and others.”

About Blue Rain Gallery
The Blue Rain Gallery is committed to promoting work of the finest contemporary Native American and regional contemporary artists. The gallery features an extraordinary collection of pueblo pottery, paintings, sculpture and bronze, glass art, kachinas, southwest jewelry, and baskets. Blue Rain Gallery is located at 130 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501. Phone 505-954-9902. For more information, visit the Blue Rain Gallery web site at