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The Mind of the Artist

Interview/presentation series April 16 - May 21,2015
Jim Covarrubias
Jim Covarrubias is a native Arizonan who grew up near Kingman, Arizona and is descended from a lineage of fine artists. Growing up, he was fascinated by Western Cowboy and Native-American History. After three years in the US Army and attending ASU on the G.I. Bill, studying art, history and literature, he graduated with a BFA in 1978 and founded Mars Alternative Gallery. An active participant in the burgeoning downtown Phoenix art scene, in 1985 he became President of Ariztlan, Inc., a non-profit arts organization which is still active today.
After completing his MFA at ASU in 1990 his art activity expanded still further, obtaining a life-time teaching certificate from Rio Salado Community College, managing Scottsdale galleries, writing for Indian Country Today as Arts Editor and hosting “Ariztlan Presents” where he interviewed and documented art luminaries Fritz Scholder, Robert and Mary McCall and Phillip C. Curtis. He taught Meso-American Art History at Phoenix College using the books of renowned Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias, his grand uncle as an important resource.
Often labeled as the fastest drawer in the west, Jim paints with lightning speed churning out paintings of his heroes, famous people, life altering events and intimate portraits of his friends and family. He has an uncanny ability to create presentations of live painting demonstrations while talking succinctly about the process unfolding or points of art history.
As a writer, his screenplay “Sage Woman” the fictional history of a woman gunfighter, circa 1870's is in pre-production for filming. He is co-author of Visions of My Landwith Michel Sarda and his Kokopelli Opera, a collaborative music, theater and mixed media stage/video production is scheduled for performance in October 2015.
Covarrubias is a twenty-first century “Renaissance Man”.