“I always wanted to become an artist, ever since I got Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse coloring books.”
Secundino Sandoval is a well known and beloved Los Alamos painter whose works are owned by many local collectors and individuals. He studied painting under Randall Davey and oils under Leslie Burtenshaw. Secundino’s artistic talents emerged early in his life. “I always wanted to become an artist, ever since I got Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse coloring books.” His passion for painting and his independence was clear from the start as one of his early grade school teachers told that in kindergarten he was ready to defend his rights to his own crayons with a punch if necessary. Sandoval attended the University of New Mexico and received a BA from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado . He was a technical illustrator for the US Army Aggressor Center and in 1952 went to work for the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory as a full-time draftsman and designer. He worked at the lab for 15 years before he left to become a full time artist. He has won many awards and his paintings are owned by individuals and in collections throughout the US. His unique style can be seen in the vibrant oils and watercolors he paints of the landscapes near his home in New Mexico which often include the aspen trees of the Pajarito Mountain forests.