Born in Lockhart, Texas in 1961, Duran received his BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas, Austin in 1984. He is the recipient of the Clare Hart deGolyer Memorial Fund Award, the Arch M. Kimbrough Fund Award, and the Dozier Travel Grant, all through the Museum of Art, Dallas. In 2015 Duran was recognized in the Austin Arts Hall of Fame with the Austin Critics Table. He has been featured in Philadelphia Weekly, Ahora Si, Latino Magazine, among other publications. While best-known for his tremendous narrative murals throughout the state, Duran's artwork also appears in public and private collections in the United States and abroad. His works have been exhibited by institutions from San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts; National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, IL; Amarillo Art Museum; Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX; Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM; to the Smithsonian Latino Center/Fundacion Oscede, Buenos Aires, Argentina. His work is included in the permanent collections of several institutions including: the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas; The Austin contemporary, Austin, Texas; The Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas; The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, Illinois; The Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida; The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas; and the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas, among others. Of note, Duran has the distinction of being the only artist to receive all three Dallas Museum of Art Awards to Artists. Duran currently lives and works in Austin, Texas. One of his most prominent works, The Visit, graces the length of the ticket counter at Austin Bergstrom International Airport. His most recent mural, Following the Sun to Reach the Sky, can be viewed at Southwest Key Program in Austin, Texas, completed in the Fall of 2017.