Chair, Education Committee
Business professional and entrepreneur. Noted artist and community advocate. Devoted family man. This is Edgar Sotelo.
Born in Durango, Mexico, Edgar came to the United States, studied English for two years and then attended Texas Tech University where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Food Technology. His business career has spanned multiple experiences in the food and beverages industry. Currently, Edgar is president of Southwest Packaging Solutions, LLC in Dallas. In the business community, he serves as board treasurer of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
As an artist, Edgar creates vibrant images that allow one to experience American Heritage past and present. His accurate depictions in his paintings show what life was like for the pioneers, Native Americans, and present-day cowboys. Edgar strives to preserve history and to share his love for the west.
Most recently, Edgar has been awarded the 2015 distinguished alumni award from Texas Tech University – College of Animal and Food Science. He is being honored with his first one-man show at the National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech University. His paintings have garnered national attention through his award-winning placements at the Phippen Western art show and sale at Prescott, Az; Cowboy Artists of America Joe Beeler memorial scholarship award; Red River Valley Museum, Vernon, Texas; Western States Horse Expo, Pomona, California; and the Bosque Art Classic, Clifton, TX.
He has been the featured artist at premiere events such as “America’s Horse in Art” at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum, the National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech, ” Trappings of Texas” at The Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross University, 2015 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association at their national convention,
He lives in Sulphur Springs, Texas. He and his wife, Michelle, have La Joya Quarter Horses, where they raise a few reining/cutting prospects. They have three artistic daughters who hope to follow in their father’s footsteps.