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2017 King Fellow Warren Montoya arrives at SAR

Sep 5, 2017

Warren Montoya, the Rollin and Mary Ella King Fellowship Native Artist for 2017, is from Tamaya (Santa Ana Pueblo) and Kha’po Owinge (Santa Clara Pueblo), arrives at the IARC having already gained recognition at Santa Fe Indian Market, Heard Indian Market, and shown in several galleries. He has also contributed to multiple mural installations across New Mexico, and has taught classes and mentored younger artists in various mediums. Additionally, REZONATE Art, Montoya’s business, established in 2013, produces events and public art projects that ‘motivate community engagement and influence creative endeavor.’ Since 2015, his company has produced five dynamic murals, employing a team of artists.

Warren Montoya, “Hard Courage,” 2013.
Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

Montoya’s work has been influenced by graffiti, the surrealist movement, the work of his peers, music, and his faith in his Pueblo heritage. He paints in both acrylic and oil intentionally works to produce imagery that combat common stereotypes or romanticized notions of Native American and Indigenous peoples. It is his faith in his being, heritage, culture and his connection to all other beings that drives his creative work.

Montoya comments:

Though I am highly influenced or provoked by interactions within modern society and gain substance through my observation of social movements, world affairs and the influx of technologies within the last two decades, this is not where my inspiration lays. Ultimately, it is this overabundance of modern behaviors within my life that inspires me to look toward traditional indigenous teachings and philosophies to contest the impending takeover.

While in residence at SAR, Montoya’s goal is to create an installation, including four large paintings and two sculptures. The paintings will represent various natural and constructed principles found in our world, relating to the number four, such as the elements, directions and seasons. The abstract sculptures will take on the personality of either a masculine or feminine being. “The full installation will speak to how our human existence is connected to and influenced by certain properties of this world, and by one another”.

Montoya will be in residence at SAR from September 1 – December 1, 2017.

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