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Quest for the West artist Mike Desatnick

by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 29, 2016

Desatnick 2016
Mike Desatnick

Born 1943 in Hammond, Indiana; lives in Durango, Colorado

Early Autumn
2016, oil, 20 x 30 inches

My paintings are a reflection of the life experiences of varied people, their traditions and cultures. I am privileged and proud to record them respectfully.


MIKE DESATNICK was born in Hammond, Indiana, and worked in the local steel mills after graduating from high school. Following a decorated tour of combat in Vietnam, he began his art career by enrolling at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. After completing his studies, the faculty of the American Academy of Art invited Desatnick to join them, where he was a popular, award-winning instructor. In the summers he traveled to the Southwest to perfect his skills. Frequent trips to Taos allowed him to pose and paint elders of the Pueblo, some of whom had posed for members of the Taos Society of Artists as young men. In 1978 he moved west to pursue his fine art full-time. Since then, his works have been published in every major art magazine and several books.

His paintings hang in many prominent collections, and he has participated in many major shows. His work is also included in the U.S. Art in Embassies program. Desatnick currently resides in Durango, Colorado, with his wife, Dyan.

Notable Awards and Achievements

1988       American Express Collector’s Edition
1981       American Western Art Exhibition, Peking, China, Poster Artist
1977       John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Fellowship Finalist
1976       52nd Annual Hoosier Salon, First Place, Figure and Portrait
1975       Society of Illustrators, Annual Scholastic Award
1975       John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Fellowship Finalist

Gallery Representation

Goodnight Trail Gallery of Western Art, Mancos, Colorado

Memberships

Oil Painters of America
mikedesatnick.com

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