SustenanceFrom the Artist - Warren Montoya:
This installation is an interpretive reflection of a historic life-way of the Pueblo (Native American) people residing in the Rio Grande basin. The traditional task of hunting that takes place during the fall and winter seasons of the year is a considerable ceremony, one that is not only acknowledged as being a main source of food but also a deeper connection to the transference of energy that must take place for hun (the people) to continue. The story of this mural tells of the link between the pueblo person and the mule deer, between the human and source of our sustenance. The various details within the mural from the hunters bow-guard and his pouch peeking out from behind his winter blanket, to the segmented white path of the arrow are influenced by the artists connection and understanding of his cultures. The stylized design of the pueblo dwellings and the vibrant color explosions behind the deer and the hunter represent the complex and evolutionary perspectives and modes of the pueblo people, amongst other indigenous. Ultimately, the practice represented within this mural along with many other practices gives deep consideration and respect to the forces that exist beyond our understanding that have overseen and guided our paths throughout the ages.
About Warren Montoya
Born of Santa Ana Pueblo (Tamaya) and Santa Clara Pueblo (Khapo Owinge’) in New Mexico, Warren Montoya practices various forms of creative expression and community development work. His core creative practices are painting, illustrations and graphic design. His art pieces are influenced by history, pop-culture, traditional beliefs and the study of contemporary social dynamics. His style is inspired by graffiti art, comic art, Surrealism, and the influence of his peers. Warren received a Bachelor's Degree in Art from Fort Lewis College, in 2006. In 2008 Warren pursued an alternate career as a “Therapeutic Adventure Program” facilitator in which he honed outdoor skills and explored concepts of personal empowerment and practices of resiliency with various participants. From this he was inspired to involve aspects of “cultural” resiliency within his art and also found the path to developing an organization. In 2013, Warren started the company REZONATE Art, LLC, which now focuses on coordinating and producing public arts projects and creative events around the Southwest. In 2015, Warren also founded the REZILIENCE Indigenous Arts Experience that works to create positive social impact with Indigenous communities. Through building mass partnerships, REZILIENCE produces large-scale exhibitions involving aspect of Art, Education, Wellness and Technology. REZILIENCE holds its annual festival every year in Albuquerque, New Mexico during the spring.