National award-winning artist Chris Navarro is from Casper, WY and Sedona, Arizona where he owns Navarro Gallery and Sculpture Garden since 2000. Navarro has been sculpting professionally since 1986 and is best known for his large public sculptures. With over 34 monumental bronze sculptures placed throughout the country, his monumental sculptures include a 16-foot-tall bronze of the famous bucking horse “Steamboat” located at the University of Wyoming and ‘’The Messenger’’ sculpted for the historical Alamo Mission in San Antonio, TX and his bronzes are displayed in 11 museum collections. The author of 3 books ‘’CHASING THE WIND’’ ‘’EMBRACE THE STRUGGLE’’ and “DARE TO DREAM BIG’’, Navarro shares his life story and beautiful photos of his artwork. He was selected as the Honorary Artist for the 2015 Buffalo Bill Art Show in Cody, WY where he received the 2015 Wyoming Governor’s art award and in 2018 the Distinguished Alumni Award from Casper College.
Chris, a former bull and bronc rider, still competes in team roping. Chris says “Family, horses, rodeo and art have been the driving passions of his life. I love what I do for a living and hope others can see that through the work I have created. When you love what you are doing the real reward is in the experience of doing it. One of the great things in working with bronze it is such a strong, durable, and permanent medium. Everyone wants to live on in their work. Knowing my work will be standing in the sun long after I’m gone for future generations to experience and enjoy is extremely rewarding. In the end it is not about how many years you lived in this world but what you leave behind that truly matters.