"Purple Traveler" by Walter Salas-Humara
artist: WALTER SALAS-HUMARA
40" x 30" Acrylic on canvas, 41" x 31" with frame
Part of the online exhibition, "Walter Salas-Humara"
"As he was drifting to sleep his thoughts were of horses and of the open country and of horses. Horses still wild on the mesa who'd never seen a man afoot and who knew nothing of him or his life yet in whose souls he would come to reside forever."
– Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses
Walter Salas-Humara was born in New York City to Cuban parents and grew up in Florida where he began playing the drums at the age of seven. After a childhood playing in prog-rock and disco bands, Salas-Humara obtained a BFA from the University of Florida before moving to NYC to pursue a career as a visual artist. After 3 years in New York, however, he formed the band the Silos, and the band’s success cut short Salas-Humara’s career with the Leo Castelli gallery. After touring around the country and producing over a dozen albums, he began painting again in the early 2000s, gifting his nieces and nephews with stylized, cartoon-like dogs. His subsequent online business, WaltersDogs, has expanded into apparel, stationery, and even bedding. He currently lives in Flagstaff with his partner.
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