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Milan, Pablo Antonio

Pablo Antonio Milan, renowned New Mexico contemporary artist, died suddenly at home Wednesday.

Milan started painting as a child and was exhibited in his first gallery at age of 17. At the time of his death at age 55, his paintings were in private and corporate collections all over the world including collectors such as Shakira, the Columbian rock star, and Ron Howard, actor and producer.

A prominent and recognized artist, Milan's paintings have been viewed as highly collectible. His paintings had a distinctive contemporary edge, both in color and style. Pablo described the bold colors in his paintings as "those of New Mexico. They have nothing to do with the art school color wheel, but the colors I've seen all my life. I just embrace and emphasize them."

Milan exhibited in galleries in throughout the Southwest and Florida. He owned the Pablo Milan Gallery in Santa Fe until early 2015. His art is now exhibited at The Signature Gallery in Santa Fe and on the Pablo Milan Gallery website. Milan was named Spanish Artist of the year in 1990, featured artist in the Pink Floyd Tour in 1997, and is exhibited in three museums.

Pablo was known for his wit and humor. It was often said if you're looking for Pablo in a crowd just follow the laughter. Milan had a big heart, was the first to step forward to help a friend in need, as well as supporting charities with art donations.

Pablo was born in Grants to Paul L. and Hortensia R. Milan and spent his early years in Milan, NM, a town his grandparents, Salvador and Bennie Milan founded. He also was the grandson of Luis Rubio Laguerenne and Delores Ramirez Demogin. Pablo graduated from Lake Highlands High School, attended Richland Community College before joining the Air Force. While stationed in Tokyo, Japan, he attended University art classes.

Milan is survived by his parents, Paul L. and Hortensia Milan; two sisters, Tensia Simmons, Norma McDaniels and husband, Bruce; daughters, Andrea and Michelle Milan; and his grandson, Landon Turner; uncle, Pete Milan; aunt, Kathy Hocker; nieces and nephews; and his significant other, Ava Peets.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 12, 2017, 10:00 a.m., with Mass to follow at 11:00 a.m., at St. Teresa de Avila Catholic Church, 500 W. High St., Grants, NM. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Pablo Milan name are being accepted by the St. Teresa School, PO Box 729, Grants, NM 87020 and the St. Joseph's School, PO Box 370, San Fidel, NM 87049. Please visit our online guestbook for Pablo at

Published in Albuquerque Journal on May 9, 2017
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