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Los Alamos artist Secundino Sandoval and his brother and fellow artist, Abad, have more ties than just being siblings; they are also connected through art.
Secundino started making his art creations at age 5; a Mickey Mouse comic book and some crayons sparked his interest in the field. Abad began making doodles as a kid, which grew into watercolors.
They both capture the landscapes and sites of New Mexico in their watercolors.
Secundino said Abad’s work is very impressionistic while his own paintings are more realistic.
Secundino began to do art professionally after retiring from Los Alamos National Laboratory 36 years ago. “Painting,” he said. “has been my life.”
He never studied art while attending college so he learned the hard way but still described it as “exciting.”
According to Mesa Public Library press release, Secundino is nationally recognized and a winner of many art awards. He is also a distinguished signature member of the Watercolor Honor Society
Abad retired from LANL in 2001. While one career was over, another began. Although he shows his work in Santa Fe, Abad described his painting as more of a hobby than a profession.
He is a self-taught artist; in addition to watercolors, Abad has also created jewelry. “I use to do jewelry ee I doodled a lot in my art as a kid,” he said. “In my later years, I picked up a watercolor brush and started painting and haven’t stopped since.”
While these brothers’ work share many parallels, they have never done a show together, until now.
Secundino and Abad will have a joint showing at Mesa Public Library, titled “Two Brothers: Abad and Secundino Sandoval.” The show will begin Monday and will run through Sept. 30. A public reception will be held from 4-5 p.m. Sept. 12.
Abad said it is an “honor” to show his work alongside his brother. “I’ve always wanted to show with my brother,” he said. He described it as an “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Secundino said Abad just asked him “out of the blue” if he would like to do a show together, which he is happy to do. “I’m just real proud of him,” he said. “I’ve been looking forward to it.”
Not only is it Secundino’s first show with his brother, it is also his first show of the year.
He has exhibited at the library in the past, along with the Art Center at Fuller Lodge and outdoor fairs.
During the upcoming exhibit, Secundino said he is “looking forward to being around people (who will) see my paintings and ask questions.”
Abad is also excited for the show. “Just because it’s in the family and it will be an honor to show with my brother.”