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.