Emilio Lobato Retro-Spectacle: 25 Years Of Paintings & Prints

William Havu Gallery

September 21 - November 10, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 21st from 6-9pm
Emilio Lobato - Polvo Astral (Stardust), 2018, Collage & Oil On Panel, 60" X 60"

Emilio Lobato Artist Statement:

In the fall of 1998 the William Havu Gallery opened with an inaugural show in the new space at 1040 Cherokee Street, the first space designed and conceived as a contemporary art gallery in Denver. That inaugural exhibition was a triad of solo shows titled, "Full Circle". I was very proud to be one of that trio. Twenty years later I am still proud to be represented by the William Havu Gallery. Over the past two decades the William Havu Gallery has given me ten solo shows and has included me in numerous group shows.

To celebrate this milestone we've selected works from my archive, some featured in that inaugural show. Additionally we've selected works from many of my subsequent exhibitions. For over 20 years I've explored many themes and ideas. A consistent intention has been my desire to examine an internal landscape. For practically my entire career I've been captivated with the "peaks and valleys" that constitute human emotion.

Congratulations, William Havu Gallery! With gratitude and affection. Full Circle indeed!

William Havu Gallery
1040 Cherokee Street
Denver CO 80204


Emilio Lobato III was born in 1959 in San Pablo, a farming village in the Sangre de Cristo Range of Southern Colorado. Born of Spanish-Colonial ancestry, Lobato is the 16th generation of his family in this country. For close to 300 years his family has tilled the soil, herded sheep and raised their families in what is now Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. In addition to farming, several of Lobato's ancestors were weavers, painters, jewelers and other crafts-persons. Throughout the years Lobato's ancestors relied on their faith, which is entrenched in the Catholic tradition, to give them the strength to make a living form the soil and the inspiration to make their art. It is that history of creativity, necessity and spirituality that Lobato credits as sources for his creative drive. This rich tradition has often been the subject matter for his work. Raised in an environment of isolation and great natural beauty, it is surprising that Lobato has chosen abstraction or a "non-objective" style. Unlike many ethnic artists, Lobato does not translate his cultural identity in a traditional manner. He is interested in reducing his subjects to their basic elements. Lobato uses shapes, light, color and relationships to convey the essence or "spirit" of the world around him.

Lobato received a B.A. degree from Colorado College in 1982. In 1986 Lobato was awarded the NEH Hispanic Internship at the Denver Art Museum. It was during that internship that Lobato curated an exhibition of Mexican Folk Art in conjunction with All Souls, All Saints Day celebration Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Lobato returned to the Denver Art Museum in 1989 and served as the office administrator for the Education Department until 1993.

Lobato's work can be found in galleries nationally and museums, including the Kirkland Museum in Denver. In 2011 the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center presented a solo exhibition by Emilio Lobato titled, Mi Linda Soledad.