Chandler Wigton was born in Durango, CO in 1985, a small town in the American Southwest that lies at the intersection between the desert to the south, and the high mountains to the north. This unique landscape was a fertile ground for him to develop his artistic sensibilities, as well as a deep connection to the natural world. He studied art and history at Fort Lewis College in Colorado, graduating in 2008, and went on to earn his MFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA in 2013. He spent his first year of graduate school living and working in Rome, Italy.
Wigton employs drawing, collage, and painting to interpret his abstract experiences with places, books, and stories. There are many converging and diverging ideas in his work concerning notions of the intangible and the scientific. His work is simultaneously an homage to, and an attempt to confuse, the scientific mind. Wigton has shown in Colorado, New Mexico, Rome, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Peru, and has been featured in New American Paintings twice: in the 2015 West issue and the 2013 MFA issue. He currently lives and works in Albuquerque, NM.