Jim Covarrubias is a native Arizonan playing a major role in establishing the Phoenix art community by operating a studio, mounting exhibitions, painting murals, and advocating for government involvement in the arts. He founded the MARS Project to promote Chicano and Native American artists and became President of Ariztlan, Inc., a non-profit arts organization focused on non-visual arts, which is vital and productive to this very day.
Over the years Covarrubias managed art galleries, taught in Valley schools, edited publications, served on councils, and hosted a television series highlighting Arizona’s creative luminaries. Recently, Bridgewood Press published a book documenting 25 years of his painting and writing. Jim continues to document art, work with Veterans, and travel worldwide to art events where he paints and tells stories of Native-American, Mexican, and Southwestern culture with fascinating detail. He is currently collaborating on an opera, finishing a book of short stories and poems, and planning a screenplay. In 2015, Ashley Harder created The Covarrubius Collection, a group of over 80 of Jim’s paintings, many of which are part of an ongoing exhibition at the Arizona State Senate.
His range of services include:
• Commissioned portraits• Live painting/storytelling for events• Speaking engagements• Teaching Meso-American Art History• Painting workshops• Writing and Researching• Acting/Directing live productions
About Ariztlan Studios
Ariztlan, Inc.a non-profit 501 c-3 dedicated to educational projects presenting the Native-American and Latino cultures of Arizona, via research, documentation and producing art from these cultures and the community involved. We also have programs designed for Veterans who want to express themselves through an art form which we feel is a benefit to their ptsd and development to being a productive citizen. CEO Jim Covarrubias is a veteran and teaches art in workshops open to veterans and any artist interested in developing their art techniques.