Diane Reyna

Ronald and Susan Dubin Fellowship


Diane is from Taos Pueblo, north of Santa Fe. She also has relatives from San Juan Pueblo. Diane did not study art formally, but grew up around it at her parents trading post/gallery, called “Tony Reyna’s,” named for her father. The trading post is at Taos Pueblo, just south of the village, nestled among tall trees and green horse pastures.

Although Diane has always been involved in the arts, she studied pre-law at New Mexico State in Las Cruces, and completed her last year at the University of New Mexico concentrating on journalism.

Diane is most well known for being the producer and director of the PBS award winning documentary “Surviving Columbus.” This landmark two-hour film documents—from the perspective of the Southwestern Pueblo Indians—the history of Spanish and Anglo invasion of their homeland.

Throughout her life Diane has continued to sketch, draw, paint, and sculpt. The inspiration for her artwork is based on the energies in nature. Her work relates to a Pueblo symbolic language, similar in concept to the designs painted on Pueblo Indian pottery.

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