Chris Navarro, a rodeo competitor has been sculpting professionally since 1986. He is best known for his large monumental sculptures. “Champion Lane Frost” a 15-ft bull rider is displayed on the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo grounds in Wyoming. “When Champions Meet”, a 15-ft saddle bronc rider is placed at the entrance to the Stampede Rodeo Arena in Greeley, Colorado. The “1Oth Mountain”, a 14-ft World War II ski soldier is displayed in Aspen, Colorado. The Colorado State Department Of Agriculture has commissioned Chris to create a 15-ft monument titled “20% Chance Of Flurries” to honor the farmers and ranchers of Colorado. This monument will be placed on the Colorado State University campus. His reflections of the West have given Navarro a national following. His limited editions are coveted by collectors across the country.
Sculpture doesn’t live in a world of flat paint. It glows in the realism of breadth of dimension, shape, form, detail and artist interpretation. Navarro’s work seems to breathe.
“Monuments are time consuming efforts. They take months and months to design and create, but the personal satisfaction completion brings is very rewarding. To know they will be standing ‘in the sun long after I’m gone for future generations to experience and enjoy is thrilling. Sculpting is what I do for a living, but I don’t ever plan on retiring. I’ve found something I really love to do and I hope people can see that through the work I’ve done. Because when I finish a sculpture, it becomes part of me.”
“My work has always been intertwined with my life. I think I’m the only one who will limit what I achieve. They say a man needs three things in his life for real happiness: Someone to love, work that is satisfying, and something to hope for. I feel very fortunate to have this and more.”
Resides: Casper, Wyoming and Sedona, Arizona U.S.A.