Julian Robles (1933 - )
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Julian Robles was born in the Bronx, New York City, in 1933. At a young age, he received encouragement from his mother who recognized his talent for art. He received art training in New York City at the Pratt Institute, the National Academy of Art and Design, and the Art Students League. From 1953 to 1958, he was an illustrator in the United States Air Force, with duty stations in Amarillo, Texas, and Cheyenne, Wyoming, which allowed him travel in the West. He returned to New York City as an illustrator for a short while but then moved to Taos, New Mexico, in the mid-part of his career.
Robles is a painter and sculptor, but best known for his paintings of New Mexico Indian figures and ceremonial functions, as well as pueblo scenes and landscapes. Much of his art work is presented with glowing light and bright colors, especially colors seen in the Southwest—purple, red, and turquoise.
He was a founding member of The Taos Six, along with Rod Goebel, Walt Gonske, Ray Vinella, Robert Daughters, and Ron Barsano. He is a member of the Pastel Society of America, and Pastel Society of the Southwest.