Bigfork · Tucson · Whitefish
FORT WORTH, TX
Kevin Chupik’s journey began in Ft. Worth Texas, also known as Cowtown. When his family relocated to Tucson, Arizona, in 1977, he fell in love with the desert. For Kevin, there was no better art class than the rock and cactus studded hills on the edge of Tucson. During his collegiate years at TCU and CU Boulder, his thesis work focused on these western vistas. While pursuing his MFA in Colorado, Kevin spent almost as much time traveling to the backcountry canyons of remote southeastern Utah as he did in the studio. The experiential and tactile qualities of the high desert took the lead in shaping his identity as an artist, which he terms “a synthesis of a life spent in the urban and rural West.”
The move westward continued when Kevin worked as a guide for a mountain bike touring company based in Las Vegas. He spent his time leading weeklong self-supported tours into Northern Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. But on a trip to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, he fell off a 35-foot cliff. A new chapter began, which led to his twenty-year career as a college instructor and exhibiting artist. Kevin currently resides in the heart of Texas with his family, not far from where his story began.