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An expatriate of corporate America, Frederick AragÃ³n is a designer, illustrator, animator, filmmaker, musician, songwriter, and actor. He has a background in graphic design, illustration, and animation, and for six years he worked for the largest educational software publisher in the U.S. Before that, he spent 15 years on the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, retiring as a conductor in 1989. During both careers, he maintained time for his fine art, creating striking paintings on canvas that have been exhibited and collected internationally. A popular local personality in his hometown of Taos, New Mexico, AragÃ³n was awarded the 2008 State of New Mexico Governorâ€™s Cup/National Geographic All Roads Film Project grant for an animated film based on one of his original songs, â€œMysteryâ€™s Night.â€ In 2009, he received the State of New Mexico New Visions Award for another film based on another of his songs, â€œDark Is My Light. AragÃ³n also co-starred in the film "Taos: The Movie.â€ As a musician, songwriter, and storyteller, he sees the world as ripe for interpretation--and believes that nowhere on earth is more beautiful than the American Southwest. Its cultures, landscape, and history provide the inspiration for all his work.
He has received a commendation from the State of New Mexico for his contributions to representing the state in a tour of major cities of Texas; a "You Make a Difference" certificate from the Boys and Girls Club of Northern New Mexico; and an Honorary Ambassadorship from the Taos County Chamber of Commerce.