Lorenzo Chavez was born in New Mexico. He graduated with honors from the Colorado Institute of Art in 1983.  He participates in several national invitational group exhibitions including the Pastel Society of America in New York, the Artists of America Show in Denver, the Northwest Rendezvous, the Colorado Springs Fine Art Museum, the Nicolaysen Art Museum, the Loveland Museum, the Gene Autry Museum in Los Angeles, and was a guest artist at the Plain Aire Painters of America in 2004.