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Betty Sabo

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Betty Jean Beals; née Angelos Sabo was born on September 15, 1928 and deceased on May 10, 2016, was an American landscape painter and sculptor. She is best known for her realistic oils of New Mexico landscapes and bronze sculptures. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, she majored in art at the University of New Mexico, and shortly after studied for five years with the German-born artist Carl von Hassler. Her paintings are based on sketches, notes, and photographs taken on location, which are brought back to her studio where she finishes her compositions.


Sabo has won numerous awards including first place at the 1968 New Mexico State Fair for a piece entitled "Isleta" which depicted the St. Augustine Church at the pueblo; during a visit by Ronald Reagan to Albuquerque, Governor Garrey Carruthers presented the President with a Nambé platter and an oil painting by Betty Sabo in 1988; and in 1991 she was awarded the Award of Distinction by the Albuquerque Museum Foundation which was designated for "an individual who has successfully served the Foundation in an outstanding leadership capacity". It was noted during the award presentation, that Sabo was one of the Foundation’s strongest advocates in the community, spending much of her enormous energy explaining, defending and promoting the arts.

 Sabo’s work has been displayed in major exhibits in New York City at the National Academy of Design, National Arts Club and American Academy; and in Santa Fe at the Museum of New Mexico, and is included in several art collections held by the Phelps Dodge Corporation, United New Mexico Banks, PNM Resources, University of New Mexico Hospital, City of Albuquerque Mayor’s Office, the Albuquerque Museum, and in 1992, Sabo was invited by the State Department to display one of her paintings in the American Embassy in Moscow, Russia.

Betty Sabo "Kids Fountain Group with Grandparents"
Betty Sabo "Kids Fountain Group with Grandparents"
Betty Sabo "Wheelchair Group"
Betty Sabo "Wheelchair Group"