The Las Vegas artwork community has missing a essential member. On January 20, beloved Downtown artist Alexander P. Huerta died owing to complications linked to ongoing health troubles. The 53-year-old was sometimes called the “Grand Previous Male of the Arts District” or the “Mayor of the Arts Factory,” where by he ran his studio-gallery Peace N’ Art Studio. Huerta was also a member of the three Baaad Sheep artwork collective.

Eddie Canumay, a co-member of three Baaad Sheep, describes his romantic relationship with Huerta as “brotherly.” Artist and gallerist Nancy Superior says she called Huerta her “little brother.” There was a little something about Huerta that inspired a loving, relatives emotion.

A former on line casino employee, the self-taught mixed-media artist and painter did not flip to canvas until late in everyday living. Huerta dedicated his everyday living to artwork, shelling out about 10 hours a working day in the studio and creating a residing from his creations. Still Huerta even now identified time for friendships with all who passed by the Arts Factory and over and above. “He affected really substantially the total artwork community,” Canumay says, recalling the approaches Huerta encouraged and supported both equally new and recognized artists.

“Alex’s artwork was really Vegas: avenue-good, funky, vibrant,” says gallerist Priscilla Fowler, who has exhibited the get the job done of three Baaad Sheep for years. “Everyone liked Alex. We will all miss him terribly.”

And from friend and fellow Las Vegas artist Miguel Rodriguez: “My conversations with him led me to a substantially deeper understanding of what and where by the Las Vegas artwork scene basically is. I went to a extravagant private artwork college for my BFA and have an MFA from UNLV, too. As considerably as I know, Alex experienced no formal instruction. But his get the job done ethic, his innate need to produce an aesthetic vision and imaginative planet about him was genuinely inspiring. The tutorial divide involving us was literally very little. Which is f*cking wonderful.”