CURTIS WADE, artist extraordinaire in his own right, was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1979 to a family of incredible artistic talent. Grandmother Juan Dell was a sculptor and Grandfather Joe Wade operated a successful art gallery. So there should be no question as to why he is driven to excel on the canvas. Calling San Antonio home with this wife and family, Curtis has found comfort in the ambiance of Main Plaza, the "heart of the city."
Currently you will find Curtis Wade most days happily painting portraits, historical structures of great significance to San Antonio or spending a moment in prayer with a passerby on the plaza. Accepting occasional commissioned work projects, he is currently engaged in a painting for Main Plaza Conservancy that will be displayed in its office across the street celebrating the plaza and this artist.
Through various lessons starting at age 13 with Uncles Barry McCuan and Terry Wade and Aunt Arlene La Dell Hayes, Curtis gained experience, training and a deep love for the fine arts, he later began selling his art professionally.
Years of soul searching and traveling down different roads, he found his own style. While it is said, "his voice is impressionistic, bright and reminiscent of Van Gough," Curtis found a realism that has brought him full circle. Varied styles and brush strokes only compliment this artist's individuality and personality that is evident in every work.
Studio artist, plain air artist, nature artist or urban plaza artist, Curtis Wade's creative spirit is renewed with an openness and subtlety that claims his place in the artistic world.
While in the past he found inspiration for painting at the Georgia O'Keefe Ghost Ranch or Black Mesa in New Mexico, for now, Main Plaza in San Antonio and the tender souls that pass through the plaza daily will reap the benefit of having Curtis Wade in their presence.
You may view select pieces of the Curtis Wade collection at the following links: