Kim Wiggins’ distinct style and modern vision of the West have made him one of the most recognizable artists in America. He is acknowledged as one of the creative forerunners behind the current Modern West Movement. Growing up on a ranch in southern New Mexico, he met by chance at the age of twelve with an art dealer who was visiting his parent’s ranch, who discovered his budding talent and began marketing Wiggins’ work in Scottsdale, Arizona. By the mid-1970s, he was painting in oil and working as a graphic artist for a national equine magazine. Primarily selftaught, during the 1980s, he experimented with impressionism, expressionism, magical realism, symbolism and modernism, which eventually led to his unique approach.
Wiggins has been honored with numerous awards, including the Briscoe Museum’s William B. Travis Award in 2018, the Historical Society of New Mexico’s Heritage Award in 2014, and the People’s Choice at the Painters and the American West exhibition in 2000. The Staples Center in LA houses a major collection of Wiggins’ historical work of California. He is represented in numerous public and private collections and exhibits yearly at the Autry Museum’s Masters of the American West. The book Kim Wiggins, Artist of the Modern West was recently released in conjunction with his solo show at Manitou Galleries of Santa Fe, New Mexico.