entered this reality in the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1976. Joining a
world of rich history and culture-of endless landscapes-his eyes remained fixed
on the edge of the horizons and deep into the night skies of anticipation. A
descendant of the early Spanish Conquistadors, his roots share Native American
Culture as well. Living amongst the Indians of San Ildefonso Pueblo, Roybal’s
great-great-grandfather was the first and only to own a trading post there.
They are the descendants of the mystical Anasazi civilization. Coming of age
in these ancient traditions showed the young artist that "the bond the Indians
have with the earth can be viewed as analogous to the connection we have with
the universe and beyond."
Roybal's first inspiration
for art came from his sister, who is deaf. She drew a picture one morning
and showed it to him. He was immediately energized with the concept of communication
through the visual language of art. The world of silence is a world of its
own. A painting is likewise silent, but the active subject matter and vibratory
color ranges reach all levels of the human experience. Sounds may not be heard
physically, but can ignite the imagination, creating a cycle of interaction
between the viewer and the painting, actually producing a tangible sensation.
As an example, a skillful painting of a rose in the wind can conjure up the
freshness of the breeze and thereby provide real experience.
early connections and understandings drew Roybal into what continues to be an
ever-expanding search for communication. He searches for universal symbols that
vibrate at unconscious and conscious levels, then using their significance to
reach the soul and thereby facilitate universal understanding. He seeks a world
beyond normal perceptions, a window into the past, present and future.
early 1999, Roybal earned an apprenticeship with artist Jean Claude Gaugy, father
of Linear Expressionism and recipient of a premier show by Salvador Dali. .
Working with Gaugy, Roybal finds his beliefs reaffirmed and strengthened. Technical
abilities, of course, increase. A form of communion also occurs and is shared,
artist to artist, that is both personally meaningful and symbolically significant.
The earth relates to the sun; the sun relates to the universe, and the universe
to infinity. All is relationship, and communion. In his daily work, both as
assistant to Gaugy and his own creative efforts, Roybal continues to grow and
the summer of 2000, Roybal expanded his knowledge of the old master techniques
that were employed initially by Jan Van Eyck and re-researched by Professor
Ernst Fuchs (Founder of the school of Fantastic Realism and father of mystical
art in Europe.) Traveling to Austria to study the "mische" technique, drawing,
and portraiture with Michael Fuchs (artist, architect and son of Ernst Fuchs)
led to more studies with the Master himself Ernst Fuchs at his villa in the
south of France.