Denise Weaver Ross is an artist, poet and graphic designer who lives and works in Albuquerque, NM. Her images are richly layered with mythological, natural, cultural, and historical references as seen in paintings in the 64 Hexagrams series of paintings based on the I Ching, the Legendary Creatures series (26-plus paintings of creatures from myth and legend from around the world), the House of Cards (56 large scale works-on-paper from a reimagined traditional deck of cards)
In 2018 she was designated a Local Treasure by the Albuquerque Business Arts Association and led a team of artists including Roe LiBretto and Joel Davis in creating a 24x90-foot mural that wraps around the Tortuga Gallery in Albuquerque. The mural was part of Mural Fest 2018 and celebrates the flora and fauna of Albuquerque’s Bosque, the natural wooded area that lines the Rio Grande River. In September 2017, her commissioned painting for the poster for ¡Globalquerque!, Albuquerque’s annual world music festival, was shown along with her Twelve String series which focuses on world music figures in playing string instruments. Earlier in 2017 she completed her second mural, a private commission, entitled We the People which depicts dancers from many cultural traditions along a 40-foot wall on Tijeras Road in the South Valley. In 2016, Denise won Best-in-Show in the Las Vegas International Juried Art Competition at Jana’s RedRoom Gallery with one of the paintings from her House of Cards series.
Denise graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with a Master of Fine Arts degree. She has exhibited in galleries and museums both nationally and internationally. A prolific artist, Denise is also a poet, with poems published in many anthologies as well as in five books of her own art and poetry