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Pete Gonzales

Pete “Deuce” Gonzales  grew up in the desert southwest in Lordsburg, New Mexico. Upon graduating high school with honors Pete joined the United States Marine Corps. and was distinguished at USMC Boot Camp as the Platoon and Series Honor Man in field artillery, an honor reserved for those with exceptional teamwork skills, endurance, and bravery. After leaving the service Pete committed himself to his art, drawing inspiration from his life experiences and the skills and knowledge he learned in the Corps.

Pete opened his first custom airbrush store in Las Cruces, New Mexico in 2005.  Pete constantly expanded his talents by attending custom paint conventions and seminars from coast to coast.  If Pete wasn’t at the airbrush shop creating artwork he was on the road searching for the next great location to service the never ending desire people have for custom paint. He also took his business to the crowds at motorcycle and cars shows, festivals and fairs such as the Laughlin River Run, San Gennaro Feast in Las Vegas and New York, and the International Motorcycle Show in New York and Indy.

Pete then moved to Connecticut where he was employed by The Airbrush Guys to paint custom motorcycles with Pat Downey and Johnny Moore of Fat City Customs. During this time Pete was involved in shows at The Cadillac ranch and The March of Dimes Motorcycle run with Eddie Trotta  Pete has been commissioned  to create artwork for major companies such as Dr. Martins, Fender and Pepsi, and  bands Godsmack, Kid Rock, Good Charlotte, No Doubt, and many more. Following his stint with The Airbrush Guys, Pete moved to New York City where he founded Deuce Air in January 2009. The next year was a very busy time for Pete as he expanded his business by opening two airbrush stores in Las Vegas working side by side with a very inspiring mentor Art Serna.

In early 2010 Pete’s good friend and former colleague Pat Downey offered him a teaching position at Ohio Technical College (OTC) in Cleveland as a custom paint instructor. Pete is also teaching at OTC’s branch campus, PowerSports Institute (PSI). OTC is an accredited college offering degree programs in Custom Paint and Graphics, Automotive Technology, High Performance & Racing, BMW FAST Track, Edelbrock Performance, Jasper Engines Training, Diesel Equipment Technology, Generator Power Systems, Auto-Diesel Technology, Collision Repair and Refinishing, Classic Car Restoration, and Welding, At the PowerSports Institute training includes Power Sport Technician, American V-Twin, Custom Bike Building, Power Sport technology training for Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Arctic Cat, KTM, Suzuki, andmany more!  In addition to his teaching duties Pete is working closely with Pat Downey and the administrative staff at OTC to upgrade the custom paint curricula and facilities. OTC has recently opened their newly renovated 50,000 square foot, state of the art, custom paint facility. The school is also introducing an Advanced Airbrush program which will be the first of it’s kind in the country.

Pete has represented OTC, performing painting, airbrushing, and pinstriping demos at SEMA, The Las Vegas Bike Fest, The International Motorcycle show in New York, PowerSport Expo in Indy, and the Auto Rama series in Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and World of Wheels in Boston along with the Cleveland Auto show in Cleveland.  He has also created a 10 foot tall guitar which is on exhibit at The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Pete says, “With my knowledge and skills that were acquired over the years I am passionate about using my art to teach students and put them on a path to success.”

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