Painter. Mixed Media Artist.
Chad Cleveland works predominantly in the medium of acrylic painting, but includes drawing and mixed media. Cleveland holds an MFA at the Rochester Institute of Technology as well as a Masters of Science in Teaching. He has exhibited for the past 20 years in Universities and galleries/studios across New York, and now in New Mexico. In addition to teaching at public schools and Universities, he has guided workshops, and has also been featured in WXXI’s “Arts in Focus” television special. He currently resides in Placitas, NM.
My current body of work reflects my journey as it pertains to the environment that surrounds me. I am captivated by the expansive landscape of the southwest and New Mexico is my primary muse. The mountainous desert landscape and ecosystem connect with me in a language I can only describe as spiritual. I feel a deep, familiar connection with a land that is still so new to me. There is a visual rhyme and rhythm here I seek to know more intimately. My paintings are a representation of my own personal experiences with the high desert. They are as open to interpretation as is the landscape of the Southwest. These are my songs of New Mexico.