DUANE KOYAWENA (HOPI)

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Grow­ing up in Al­bu­querque, New Mex­ico, Duane Koyawena spent much of his life away from his Hopi lands. In 2008 when he be­gan draw­ing and tran­si­tion­ing to paint­ing, Koy­awane started to learn more about his cul­ture and it be­came the fo­cus of his art. “To­day, I like to be able to share our Hopi cul­ture,” he says, “but one thing I am aware of is the bound­aries that we have in what we can share, which is pretty im­por­tant to my work.”

Koy­awane of­ten paints Hopi deities and is rec­og­nized for his use of vi­brant color and shad­ing that gives a three-di­men­sional ef­fect. Last year he de­cided to try some­thing new by paint­ing blackand-white com­po­si­tions. Paint­ings from both se­ries will be avail­able at In­dian Mar­ket, which the artist is par­tic­i­pat­ing in for the sec­ond time.

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