I started drawing and painting after I was sentenced to prison in New York. My first oil canvas was created 5 years ago when I was going through a divorce and a court appeal.
Art became a therapy to my stress. I created colorful abstract art work so I could reassure my family that I was still sane, even after enduring many years of injustice and the worst years of my life. I am thankful for my family's support.
My art represents places and times of salvation to the mind, adverse times and immense heartache. The purpose of my art work is to give people a sense of hope in the worse times of their life and uncontrollable situations.
The western scenes and abstract oil paintings represent our American justice system, barren of life and truth. The riding of the bull, landscapes, horses and Indian paintings represent bravery to do what is right. To strive for what is right and forgive what is wrong with our American justice system.
Sometimes you don't know how events will turn out but when you hold on to your soul you win your own victory.
I am very fond of my Indian paintings because they represent bravery at a time of injustice and heartaches that are legendary to many tribes. My favorite artists are Michelangelo, Pablo Picasso and Peter Paul Rubens.
What makes me unique to other artist is that I am self-taught in oil paintings and abstracts, I learned the hard way. Most of the time I was unsure about how to paint but I stopped thinking and started painting from my heart, I found my inspiration. My family.
'Always strive to do what is right and forgive what is wrong with our justice system' --Ruben Archuleta
To view all of Ruben's Art Exhibits, go to www.RubenArchuleta.com