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Eduardo Arcenio Chávez interview by Sonia Malkine 1961

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Eduardo Arcenio Chavez (1917-1995)

Muralist, genre and landscape painter, illustrator, sculptor, and lithographer.

Edward Chavez was born in Wagon Mound, New Mexico. He worked through the depression as one of the most successful WPA muralists, then for the U.S. Army painting murals in mess halls during off duty hours, finally becoming one of many artists to call Woodstock, New York home in the years after World War II. He studied at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center with Boardman Robinson, Frank Mechau and Peppino Mangravite. In 1951 Chavez won a Fulbright Grant allowing him and his wife, artist Jenne Magafan, to paint in Italy for the year. Through the fifties and sixties Chavez remained on the cutting edge of the art scene until the op-art movement redirected popular opinion.

He taught at the Arts Students League of New York and was visiting Professor of Art at Colorado College and Assistant Professor of Art at Syracuse University. Chavez's work is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress Print Collection, Museum of Modern Art, Hirshorn Collection, Detroit Museum of Art and private collections.

Awards: Tiffany Award, 1948; Fulbright Scholarship for Italy, 1951; Childe Hassam Purchase Award, 1953. Murals: Glenwood Springs, Colorado Post Office under Frank Mechau with Jenne Magafan; West High School, Denver, Colorado; Recife, Brazil. Selected exhibitions include one-man exhibition at Denver Art Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco Museum of Art, Corcoran Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Notes: Interview of January 30, 1961 is abridged by half. Theme song is "Yugoslav Kolo," written and played by Billy Faier.

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