Orlando (Gabby) Leyba

Orlando (Gabby) Leyba

One of my favorite New Mexico artists, Orlando Leyba, is opening a show of his smaller works Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 at the Bright Rain Gallery in Albuquerque’s Old Town (6:00pm – 9:00). We own 2 of his pieces, one for which I traded my Jaguar (story to follow). A week doesn’t go by without me spending a few minutes taking-in those creations. We enjoy them immensely. Leyba works layers of gesso and oils to juxtapose ideas developed while growing up in Northern New Mexico against ideas developed while traveling throughout North Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

One of the things that makes New Mexico such a great place to live is that we have access to world class art. If you are able, be sure to visit the show before it closes at the end of October. His smaller works are still affordable to the middle income collector. Blue Rain Gallery (Bright Rain must be related) represents him in Santa Fe.

The Jag story: We were visiting Gabby at his studio in Albuquerque when I spotted a Jaguar hood ornament. He shared with me his love of the make. Well I was getting ready to put my Jaguar up for sale and thought, “wouldn’t it be cool if I could score one of his pieces.” One thing led to another and next I knew, a Leyba was hanging on my living room wall. Since then we were able to acquire the 2nd piece which is now in the living room and we have moved the 1st piece to our dinning room.