DUANE KOYAWENA (HOPI)
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.