Jeff Velarde

Jeff Velarde

Jeff is a Colorado native, born in Denver in 1963. He grew up in the Villa Park neighborhood on the westside of Denver, walking distance to the old Mile High Stadium. He is a graduate of Denver West High School and an Alum at the Colorado Institute of Art. Velarde has worked as a commercial artist for over 35 years while pursuing a parallel career as a Fine Artist.

Having grown up in the city, Velarde has always been inspired in his work by the visual heartbeat of an urban setting.  Having had the opportunity to travel through work, he has been able to set his paintings in many different major cities. In his paintings he is always trying to capture the uniqueness and magic of each locale and the imagined story of its subjects.


Associates Degree in Commercial Advertising, Colorado Institute of Art 1983


Best in Show, Second Place – Code Red Show, Depot Art Gallery 2019

Second Place – Colorado Pride Show, Depot Art Gallery 2019

First Place – All Colorado Show, Depot Art Gallery 2019

First Place in Oil Painting Littleton Own an Original Show, 2010

Second Place in Oil Painting Littleton Library Own an Original Show, 2003

Featured artist for Keyline Graphics quarterly calendar poster 2000

Best In Show – Open Show, Denver Cooperative Art Center 1990

Finalist for Colorado selection in the Absolut America ad campaign coordinated by Gannett Publishing 1990


Recharge! Show sponsored by Kyle Belding and Denver Art Supply 1987

Open show Denver Cooperative Art Center, Denver, CO 1990

Open show New Core Art Space, Denver, CO 1993

Open show New Core Art Space, Denver, CO 1994

Littleton Town Center Art Show, Littleton, CO 1995

DCPA “Saturday Night Alive” silent art auction 2000

“Faces of Woman” show Honorable Mention in 2D category, Las Vegas NM March 2001

Colorado Call for Entries Show, Curtis Arts and Humanities Center, Greenwood Village, CO July 2001

The Mask Project, A Benefit for Metro Denver Hospice, 2005

Spark Gallery, Open Shows, 2012, 2013

Next Gallery, Open Show, 2015

Sinners and Saints Show CHAC, 2016

Gallery Exhibitions

Anthony L. Rhea Gallery – Exhibit and demonstration during Cherry Creek Arts Festival 1998 –2001

ArtExpo California, Los Angeles, CA 1998

Sandra Philips Gallery, 2001

Great Western Art Gallery, 2010-2014

Grand Lake Art Gallery 2014-2017

Depot Art Gallery, Member of the Littleton Fine Arts Guild, 2019


J.D. Edwards & Company – 1997

Thomas Kinkade Gallery, Cherry Creek, Denver, CO 1998

Daniels Business College, Denver University, Denver, CO 2000


Married: Linda M. Velarde, four children, Jennifer, Holly, Christopher, Julia

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