We the Directors, staff, and interns of The Serie Project express our sincere and deepest condolences to the family and friends of Oscar Galvan, an incredible artist and friend who participated in our Artist in Residence program.
Galvan was born in Brownsville, Texas and moved to Austin in 1974. He graduated from Texas State University with a degree in Art Education. For seventeen years he was the director of a residential treatment center, where his mission was to prepare teens to become independent individuals by teaching self-sufficiency and employment skills.
After turning forty, Galvan resigned his position and re-entered the studio. Like many artists, Galvan drew from his personal experiences to inspire him in his work. He felt the deep need to express the feelings and experiences that his patients had evoked in him.
Galvan’s art was influenced by writings about the Native American way of life, the Japanese code of Bushido, and the fables of Carlos Castaneda. Stylistically his work is close to Contemporary Realism, but it was the surreal landscapes of Salvador Dali that inspired his settings to evoke a timeless reality. He believed that a successful painting should “invite the viewer to participate visually and intellectually, or
metaphorically walk into that place and time.”
Images brought by Oscar Galvan
This project is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.