Gabriel Salazar

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Painting the fading rio grande valley

Gabriel Salazar has long been inspired by the unique panoramas offered by the Lower Rio Grande Valley, a land shaped by the occasionally powerful flow of the Rio Grande River. This land features countless agricultural fields and oxbow lakes (resacas), which feature prominently in Mr. Salazar's paintings.

Gabriel Salazar is a self-taught artist who has been painting for 30 years. A Rio Grande Valley native, his inspiration is his home environment. He has an entire collection of Valley-inspired art and is sharing it with visitors at the annual Artrageous Art Show in Edinburg.

“Visions of the Rio Grande Valley,” featuring oil on canvas paintings by Salazar will be on exhibit at the Show, March 15 & 16 at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance. A Preview Party will take place Friday, March 15 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. On Saturday, Admission is free and open to the public from 10 AM - 6 PM.

“Once I have an idea, I place myself in it, as if I’m there,” said Salazar. “I imagine it, a landscape situation, and I live what I paint.”

Salazar knows and envisions what he wants in his paintings and changes things as he works along the way. He is inspired by the beauty of the Valley and paints what the Valley “used to be” and, in some areas, still is, including open fields and orchards with blue valley skies.

“Salazar’s mastery of depth and perspective within his paintings are amazingly displayed in this exhibition. His paintings are incredibly detailed and rich with nostalgia for rural valley landscapes.”