Embrace the Struggle By Chris Navarro, Editor Robin Beaver
Hardcover – 122 pages
Embrace the Struggle the Art of Chris Navarro Chris Navarro from Casper Wyoming has been sculpting professionally since 1986. He is best known for his large monumental bronze sculptures of wildlife, Native American, western, and inspirational subjects. With over 30 bronze monumental sculptures placed throughout the country including the monumental bronze memorial of world champion bull rider Lane Frost at Cheyenne, Wyoming, Chris, a former bull and bronc rider. Family, horses, rodeo and art have been the driving passions of his life. His aim is to inspire others, with his artwork and story. When he started sculpting at 23 he only had a desire and a dream. Having now been a professional artist for over 30 years I have decided to share my art and thoughts on the things that have helped me on this journey of making a living doing what I love. I do not claim to know all the answers but what I have learned I will gladly share with those who wish to make a similar journey. I know there are no overnights successes in the art world. It is a myth that as an artist if you will just be discovered by the right gallery or art agent they will pave the way to artistic success. Building your art career is a lifelong struggle. If you want to be great at something there are no secrets. It is only accomplished through dedication hard work and a love for what you are doing. Love is an emotion you can't fake and you cannot be great at anything without loving it.
Chris Navarro - Biography
National award-winning artist Chris Navarro from Casper, WY and Sedona, AZ is owner of Navarro Gallery and Sculpture Garden in Sedona, AZ. Navarro has been sculpting professionally since 1986. He is best known for his large public sculptures. With over 34 monumental bronze sculptures placed throughout the country. Recent monumental sculptures include a 16-foot-tall Bronze of the famous bucking horse Steamboat for the University of Wyoming. ‘’ and ‘’The Messenger’’ for the historical Alamo Mission in San Antonio, TX. His work is included in 12 museum collections. The author of 3 books ‘’CHASING THE WIND’’ ‘’EMBRACE THE STRUGGLE’ ’and’’ DARE TO DREAM BIG’’ He was selected as the Honorary Artist for the 2015 Buffalo Bill Art Show in Cody; WY 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.