Christian Michael Gallegos is an artist and muralist who has created over ten murals in the Albuquerque area. Using his expertise as a commercial painter, he uses high quality commercial paint to create vibrant abstracted floral landscapes with his signature hummingbirds reflecting his both experience in New York City as a street artist as well as his graphic and fine art education at the Bronx Community College. His color palette reflects the environment in which the mural is created.
He has completed many large-scale murals. He has just completed a 5×64-foot mural at a residence on the corner of 8th and Marquette in Albuquerque; in 2021 he created a 5×29-foot mural in the lobby of the City of Albuquerque’s Arts & Culture Department; in 2020 he created a 10×48-foot mural for the Ted C. Gallegos Community Center on the West Side of Albuquerque; and in 2019 his mural covered the entire 25×100-feet of the exterior walls of the Empire Board Game Library, a landmark in Nob Hill and which was used in the hit series Better Call Saul. He has also collaborated in murals at many schools throughout the city and created the River Otter exhibit at the Albuquerque BioPark in collaboration with Story Lab.
Also, as prolific canvas painter, Christian creates a colorfully exuberant mix of imagery from his childhood in New York City and his New Mexican roots. His father was born in Española and the Gallegos are one the first thirteen Spanish land-grant families. His preferred method of canvas paintings stems from a dynamic trio of recycled paint, Shiva Oil paint sticks, and custom-sized canvases with inlayed frames specifically reinforced for each individual piece. Throughout his paintings, Christian presents new ideas, inspiration, and messages for his audience. Whether creating a sixteen-foot canvas or an intimate 12×12 miniature, Christian’s work invites you to travel with him peering down from above with a bird’s eye view of his world.