Kim Wiggins

Kim Wiggins

Kim Douglas Wiggins grew up on a ranch in southern New Mexico, immersed in the Hispanic culture. His mother was a rodeo cowgirl with a love for art. His father was an art dealer, writer, and noted photojournalist who worked for major magazines like Sports Illustrated, Argosy, and Look. When Wiggins was twelve, an art dealer visiting his parent’s ranch discovered his budding talent and began marketing his work in Scottsdale, Arizona. By the time Wiggins was fourteen, he was painting in oil and working nights and weekends as a graphic artist for a national equine magazine. During the 1980s, Wiggins deliberately leapt from Impressionism to the Modernist style he is now know for.

Wiggins has exhibited for the past twenty years at the Masters of the American West at the Autry Museum of the American West  in Los Angeles. He has also exhibited with the Booth Western Art Museum; Denver Art Museum; National Museum of Wildlife Art; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; C. M. Russell Museum; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Museum of New Mexico; De Young Museum; National Society of American Impressionists; and the Other Side of the West.

In 2014, Wiggins received the Heritage Award from the New Mexico Historical Society. His work is in the permanent collections of the Autry Museum; the Briscoe Western Art Museum, Museum of New Mexico, American Museum of Western Art; the Anschutz Collection; Tulane University; Booth Western Art Museum; Roswell Museum & Art Center; and the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

His work was included in Painters and the American West, a major exhibition on the history of the West traveling to the Denver Art Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Joslyn Art Museum, and Art Institute of Chicago. Wiggins' work is featured in the recent National Geographic book, The Old West and has appeared in Western Art Collector, Southwest Art, Art of the West, Architectural Digest, American Psychologist, Cowboy & Indians, Wildlife Art, Elle Decor, Western Art & Architecture and International Artist.

Wiggins is represented by Manitou Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico.