This Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3-4, attendees of San Elizario’s annual Christmas Extravaganza will have a chance to see the artwork of Robert Dozal. 

The multimedia artist recently opened the Dozal Fine Art Gallery in Placita Madrid, located at the San Elizario Historic Art District. Working with mediums such as paint (watercolor, oil and acrylics) and charcoal, Dozal is drawn to people as his subjects. 

“Portraits and figures really come easily for me and I’m really attracted to that kind of work,” Dozal said. “Even though I can do landscapes and still life, I tend to get a little bored with them.”

Dozal doesn’t shy away from painting objects, however. His painting, “Glenwood, Driftwood Drama” was included in the 2015 National Watercolor Society exhibition and selected for the travel exhibit.

His charcoal portrait, titled “Waiting,” can be found in the large format book, “Art Journey: Portraits and Figures.” It’s sold nationally at stores such as Barnes & Noble.  

“I entered this drawing contest that they have every year called Strokes of Genius,” Dozal said. “When they contacted me, they said that they had received so many portraits and figures that they decided to do a first-time-ever book based on them.” 

Dozal also taught art for the Ysleta Independent School District for 27 years.

“I really enjoyed my time teaching and learned so much from the students,” Dozal said. “I’ve kept a lot of samples from students’ work and it just constantly reminds me that each of us has a lot of potential and an ability to really put ourselves into our artwork.”

As Dozal continues to put a piece of himself in each piece, he looks forward to running his new shop and the upcoming extravaganza. Learn more about the event at 915-851-0742.

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