PORTRAIT NO. 1 (IN STUDIO)
PORTRAIT NO. 2 (AT ART OPENING)
PORTRAIT NO. 3 (ROCK ART)
PORTRAIT NO. 4 (WAR SHIRTS)
Mitchell Robles is highly regarded for his bold blend of abstract expressionism and contemporary Native American themes. His primitive, vibrant images are both a revelation and a celebration of his Chumash ancestry. "My paintings are my personal quest for my cultural and spiritual identity," says this eleventh generation native of Santa Barbara, California. Robles has exhibited in galleries throughout California, as well as galleries in Jackson, Santa Fe, Taos, Park City and Scottsdale. Robles' art was most recently featured in Cowboys & Indians Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, and textbook publications throughout the United States.
He was invited to create an original design for the exhibition "Pony Expressionism," a Masterwork Series of The Trail of Painted Ponies Collection, at the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. His painted sculptural pony, Echoes of the Past, was the sole pony chosen to represent the exhibition's section about "the horse in art history.” This commission inspired Robles' later series of ledger art ponies.
Robles was influenced by his artistic and musical family to channel his own creative energies in music and painting since early childhood. Later, as a budding artist, Robles' love of history and of the vast solitude of the desert led him to explore and photograph archeological ruins and sacred sites in California and throughout the Western United States. These excursions deepened Robles’ understanding of his indigenous lineage and immersed him in the fierce beauty of nature, thus adding thematic elements of mysticism and strength witnessed throughout his work.
Collectors of Robles' art reside throughout the United States and Europe. With their striking color palettes and use of glyphic detail, his works in acrylic, oil and mixed media on canvas, continue to push into fresh artistic territory.