Albuquerque Artist Rooms

Experience Art Like Never Before at the Artsiest Hotel in America

Contemporary Native American artists transform guestrooms into large scale installation works of art

Nativo Lodge's artist rooms offer guests an experience unlike any other lodging in Albuquerque, NM. Most people experience art in galleries or museum settings. Our guests can sleep in a room that is an art piece in itself. These Albuquerque artist rooms are designed by contemporary Native American artists with artwork deeply rooted in cultural traditions but expressed in surprising ways.

Discover each of the Artist Guest Rooms at our Albuquerque boutique hotel to see why we've been named the "#1 Artsiest Hotel in America" by World Property Journal!
Hózhó Artist Room by Rhett Lynch

Hózhó

From the Artist - Rhett Lynch: Prayers: (above bed) There are two things humans naturally do perfectly yet, are unique to the individual, laughter and prayer. When someone starts to emulate a laugh or a prayer of another they become lost to themselves. The painting "Prayers" belongs to the viewer, as a sunset, a bird chirping, or a dream touches someone. It is a very personal experience much like a laugh of a prayer itself. The only offering I can give to explain "Prayers... Read More
Creation at Dawn Artist Room by Nanibah Chacon

Creation at Dawn

From the Artist - Nanibah Chacon: The imagery on the wall incorporates three elements, the woman; the Chiefs blanket design and the bluebirds. The woman depicted in the design is to be a representation of “First Woman” or “Changing Woman.” In Navajo creation stories both of these women gave birth or conceived at dawn, thus giving life and lineage to the world as we know it. The incorporation of the chiefs blanket design is the representation of First Man or the... Read More
Keeva Artist Room by Ehren Kee Natay

KeeVa

From the Artist - Ehren Kee Natay: Avanyu, a Tewa deity, the guardian of water. She is depicted as a horned, feathered, water serpent. Avanyu is often depicted in pottery and petroglyph designs. Ehren’s Avanyu is reminiscent of a Yakuza Japanese style of design. The Buffalo Dance is a ceremonial dance that has been uniquely adapted by each pueblo. Ehren’s Buffalo Dancer is in the pueblo of Pojoaque style. The room also contains a metallic photograph of Ehren wearing a mask... Read More
Question: (Material) Culture Artist Room by Heidi Brandow

Question: (Material) Culture

From the Artist - Heidi Brandow: Objectification is the process by which people assign meaning to things, people, places, activities and the like. Thus objects become part of cultural constructions which inform and guide people’s behavior. “(Material) culture” is a project that extends beyond the boundaries of this room as the artist explores human relationships to objects. The chair, as depicted throughout the space, serves as a visual instrument in... Read More
Directed Artist Room by Rose Simpson

Directed 

From the Artist - Rose B. Simpson: Rose’s room is a prayer. Each portrait on the three walls is creating a space of blessing, guidance and protection. The west wall features a self-portrait, surrounded by clouds that represent the rain that brings nurturing and nourishment. The north wall is a portrait of Razelle Benally, of Lakota and Navajo descent. She is surveying the room with concern, care and safeguarding. The south wall is a portrait of Yolanda Smith, of... Read More
Love Movement Artist Room by Jaque Fragua

Love Movement

From the Artist - Jaque Fragua: Jaque’s room is a unified vision. The wall is a deep charcoal splashed with gold paint. There is a repeating pattern done in pink that surrounds the entire room. The design pattern is based on pre-Columbian Mesoamerican pottery designs from the San Juan basin (New Mexico today). Jaque researched this pottery design at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, and brought the idea back to incorporate it in his artist room. For... Read More
All Direction Protection Artist Room by Randy Barton

All Direction Protection

From the Artist - Randy Barton: Randy’s artwork is a visual tool meant for educating. He explores the teachings from Navajo creation stories to remind himself of how to find the answers & solutions to life's problems.The foundation of all Randy’s recent paintings derives from Navajo healing ceremonies, therefore the beauty way & protection way can be found in every one of his pieces, as well as in his signature. In All Direction Protection, you... Read More
The Gift of a New Dawn Artist Room by Estella Loretto

The Gift of a New Dawn

From the Artist - Estella Loretto: "The Gift of a New Dawn" Honoring the Sunrise Bringing Early Morning Blessings Celebrating a New Day With morning prayer, in Positive Mediation about our Journey, or Goals, and Dreams Enjoying and celebrating our lives With Gratitude and Kindness - Estella Loretto About Estella Loretto Estella Loretto is currently the only Native American woman working in monumental bronze sculpting. She is considered to be one of the... Read More
Sunset's Reflection Artist Room by Michelle Lowden

Sunset's Reflection

From the Artist - Michelle "Milo" Lowden: The room's color aims to interpret the sunsets of the southwest and the design pattern help reflect elements of mother nature. The room radiates positive energy and is meant for finding the beauty in the day-to-day life that is often taken for granted. When the sun sets she wants each guest to embrace each day with a thankful outlook on life. About Michelle "Milo" Lowden Lowden is the proud founder and owner of Milo... Read More
Blue Day, Visit to the Pueblo Artist Room by Geraldine Tso

Blue Day, Visit to the Pueblo

From the Artist - Geraldine Tso: "This hotel room in Albuquerque, New Mexico is about visiting the pueblo with family and friends. Dine, the people, traveling together, on a nice cool day. Visiting and socializing, with Pueblo families. Colorful blankets, keeping them warm from a long journey along the northern New Mexico landscape. The striking red chile peppers are a trademark of the Southwest. New Mexico is known for its chile, and many of... Read More
#1NDN Artist Room by Ishkoten Dougi

#1NDN

From the Artist - Ishkoten Dougi: This room is a fine art painting/installation painted by Ishkoten Dougi, Jicarilla Apache/Navajo, Institute of American Art Alumnus. #1NDN Artist Room is a reflection of NDN art being sent to the future to earmark time with a physical landmark that will stand until the end of time. Nativo Lodge as given me a chance to do just that. To send my reputable art into the future for all people of all race and age will enjoy the works of Native... Read More
Night Dance (Angk'wa) Artist Room by Orlando Allison

Night Dance (Angk'wa)

From the Artist - Orlando Allison: During late February and early March the Hopi villages observe Osomuya, the moon in which our spirit friends the Katsinam visit our villages to celebrate life in our kivas. Hopi call the ceremonies Angk’wa (night dance). Night Dance is a rendition of ancient songs the spirits dance to and our hearts beat with unraveling a tapestry of Hopi stories about a far away time in places before our world where the hyper-normal... Read More
New Seasons Artist Room by Peterson Yazzie

New Seasons

From the Artist - Peterson Yazzie: I started this room with a splash of paint based on the idea of a new season. I am amazed by the beauty of nature and how life thrives from season to season. The beautiful smell of rain during the monsoon, the change in sunlight patterns in autumn and the changing colors of leaves all remind me of different times in my life. The return of song birds in spring is a gentle reminder of a new season. I appreciate nature's painting... Read More
Loma Qatsi - A Good Life Artist Room by Duane Koyawena

Loma Qatsi - A Good Life

From the Artist - Duane Koyawena: Hopi is a way of life, and the people have remained in Northern Arizona since time immemorial serving as stewards of the land. The Hopi life has historical roots grounded in morals based on respect, collaboration, reciprocity, and taking initiative. Hopi is lived by giving reverence to all things living in this world, with wishes for all to live free of pain and suffering through peace and harmony. Hopi is a matrilineal... Read More
Painting the Underworld Sky Artist Room by Mateo Romero

Painting the Underworld Sky

From the Artist - Mateo Romero: The plaza at dawn...the drum beats from inside the kiva...pinon smoke rises into the air...men chanting tewa verses.... Dancers emerge from the doorway...deer bouncing impatiently...buffalo striding forward in structured lines... male to female, old to young... Singers with sacred paint on there faces drumming... low drumbeats rumbling... the dance begins.... It is ceremony. This room is structured around several... Read More
APSAALOOKE’ Artist Room by Del Curfman

APSAALOOKE’

From the Artist - Del Curfman: The Apsaalooke’ Room incorporates the Great Plains narrative, traditional Apsaalooke’ (Crow Nation of Montana) imagery, and a historical recollection into an inviting room full of nostalgic images and bold, brilliant colors. Guests should be propelled into the great plains of eastern Montana and achieve an experience of a different culture, a different time, and a different geological space. The Apsaalooke’ room features a Crow brave... Read More
Sunrise Blessings Artist Room by Lynnette Haozous

Sunrise Blessings

From the Artist - Lynnette Haozous: Welcome to Sunrise Blessings. This space was created to pay respect to the sacred connection of women to earth, the water, and honor this sacred feminine-life force connection. This dwelling also pays respect to my three tribes, (Chiricahua Apache, Dine’, Taos Pueblo). My tribal influences are reflected in the designs and imagery. The arrowhead blesses the entry way, creating positive energy and protection for the room. East... Read More
Sustenance Artist Room by Warren Montoya

Sustenance

From 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... Read More
Winds of Change Artist Room by Jay Smiley

Winds of Change

From the Artist - Jay Smiley: “Winds of Change” illustrates the power wind carries as well as its significance in Navajo creation stories. Originally another subject was in mind, but when Jay entered the room he was asked to paint, the wind coming off the Sandias was strong that morning; blowing through the room, his thoughts became about the wind. Around the room Jay attempts to capture the characteristics of wind; flow, rhythm, movement, color, spontaneity,... Read More
REFLECTION INFINITE Artist Room by Joeseph Arnoux

REFLECTION INFINITE

From the Artist - Joeseph Arnoux: In this room, the landscape stretches to engulf the viewer’s imagination. With the sun rising in the East, it blankets Chief Mountain which rises tallest on the North wall. Chief Mountain is a sacred site located on the Piikani (Blackfeet Nation) reservation in Montana. Down by the river on the West wall is a portrait of a Salishan (Spokane) man traditionally fishing. To the South stands a grizzly bear who has caught a salmon.... Read More
Arrival/Departure Artist Room by Cloudface

Arrival/Departure

From the Artist - Cloudface: Arrival/Departure is about the cycle of the seasons and the blessing brought by hummingbirds. Hummingbirds bring with them the warmth and abundance of the spring and summer. They protect their territory while simultaneously showing their strength and beauty. Hummingbirds also warn us of the coming cold with their departure, telling us it's time to prepare for the winter ahead. Even though they leave and take with them the blessings... Read More
Mitakuye Oasin Artist Room by Alexis Estes

Mitakuye Oasin

From the Artist - Alexis Estes: “Everything on earth is known as Wamakaskan Oyate, the living beings of the earth. The universe is known as Wicahpi Oyate, the star nation. These two represent the beings of the earth and the beings of the universe. For every creation there is on earth, there is another in the universe. Mitakuye Oasin, we are all related.” This quotation is the main philosophy inspiring the designs of this artist room installation. The unity of all... Read More
Essence of Life Artist Room by Garrett Etsitty

Essence of Life

From the Artist - Garrett Etsitty: I painted this room with good intentions thinking about my elders how they use to say, "life is beautiful, do your best to stay lifted and grounded." When I was 16, I caught a humming bird and my grandpa said, "make an offering and wish to be swift like the humming bird." I grabbed corn pollen sprinkled it on the humming bird and caught the remains under my hand. It flew out of my hands and I watched it fly with good thoughts... Read More
Mountain Flower Artist Room by Andrea Vargas-Mendoza

Mountain Flower

From the Artist - Andrea Vargas Mendoza: Mountain Flower speaks of a place where dreams and passions are carried by the wind and ascend to the clouds. Mountain Flower pays homage to nature’s beauty from the top of a sacred mesa called Dzil Na’oodillii, which is located on the soil of the Dine (Navajo) nation. She is a spectacular mountain range that is surrounded by the company of the yellow Greenthread flowers, and visited by soft Grey Hairstreak butterflies. In... Read More
Heavy Influence Artist Room by Douglas Miles

Heavy Influence

From the Artist - Douglas Miles: In New Mexico (and Arizona) the influence of Native American people is felt and seen on almost all aspects of the community.  Whether governance, farming, canal building, art or  architecture, Native innovation is never ending. Nativo Lodge takes the rich Native American art tradition turning it into an opportunity showcase for Native Artists. It also shares the heavy influence of Native art and architecture in the... Read More
Weaving Wonderland Artist Room by Leanrda Yazzie

Weaving Wonderland

From the Artist - Leandra Yazzie: My grandmother and aunt are known weavers, who are still practicing the intricate traditional skill. Being raised with these female role models and observing them weave, inspired the idea for this mural. When I was young, I spent a lot of time with my grandmother and her colorful world of weaving. When I stayed with her, I would fall asleep to the steady thumping of the weaving comb and the sound still remains soothing to me... Read More
Across the Universe Artist Room by Amanda Beardsley

Across the Universe

From the Artist - Amanda Beardsley: “Across The Universe,” depicts an elegant girl observing the Cosmos with her cats. The style of this artist room in Albuquerque is unique in that it contains cultural motifs with pop culture imagery, graffiti media, anime designs, and my original conceptual ideas. I incorporate these subjects into the room because I feel that I can manipulate my emotions into my painting and make it enjoyable for everyone. I find pop... Read More
Beauty is in Her Artist Room by A. Thompson

Beauty is in Her

From the Artist - A. Thompson: Simple and exquisite. Beauty is what you are when I gaze upon you. Beauty is what you give me each and every day. It has built me. It has completed me. It has paved a way every single day for me to be strong. Perfect with imperfections. Beauty is in her smile. Beauty is in her eyes. Beauty is in her hands and in her style. Beauty she is, when she stands to stare into the unknown to face all odds. She is the essence of... Read More
Rest and Rise Artist Room by Jodie Herrera

Rest and Rise

From the Artist - Jodie Herrera: This room was created in honor of the sacred feminine. The ancient symbols of the moon, triangle and circle are present to welcome the mother spirit. As grandmothers, mothers, daughters, and sisters, it is our time to navigate. There will be many directions, but if we guide with love, all directions will lead to the betterment of our collective future. This is represented by the arrows and posture of Zitkála-Šá. Her hand is up over... Read More
Together…Stargazing… Artist Room by Waya Gary Keene

Together…Stargazing…

From the Artist - Waya Gary Keene: Originally the thought I had about this mural was to separate the couple with the man on the left and the woman on the right. I started painting the day after Valentine’s Day and wanted to continue with the feeling of love. Recent current violent events (mass shootings) where families were disrupted, were a big factor in bringing the couple together in the mural. We need to be loving to ourselves, our mates, our children,... Read More
Rise Artist Room by J. NiCole Hatfield

Rise

From the Artist - J. NiCole: This room is showing recognition to women rising and our future generation. Each portrait is based on women that have inspired me, because they make a stand for what they believe in and for their communities. I want people to feel empowered, happy, love, and strength when they stay in this room. Joann Kauffman – Nez Perce The portrait on the square wall behind the restroom is of Joann Kauffman representing our elders. She is a community... Read More
Harmony of Cycles Artist Room by Dylan Tenorio

Harmony of Cycles

From the Artist - Dylan Tenorio: The cyclic motion of our Universe decorates the interior of this room just as it does with the surrounding environments of this ever-changing land. On one side we are caressed by the solitude of night, and on the other we are guided by prayerful dawn. Through this painting I hope to bring forth many teachings from my grandmother Beatrice, one who lived so closely to the Earth’s motions. A strip of coral color flows along... Read More
Where Fire is Born Artist Room by Jeanette Rocha

Where Fire is Born

From the Artist - Jeanette Rocha: The designs and symbols in this room commemorate the Araro Jóskua, the place where the P’urhepecha fire surges. It's a space that evokes and honors the inner light and ancestral memory. For us P’urhepecha, many of our stories begin with the stars. The Araro Jóskua, or Orion constellation, depicted on the south wall, is an important gathering of stars. It is the place of our ancestors, where our fire rises from, and a... Read More
A Fourth World Life Artist Room by the Edd Sisters

A Fourth World Life

From the Artists - Edd Sisters: This space at our hotel in downtown Albuquerque embodies Diné traditions of storytelling particularly in the creation story and epistemological beliefs, incorporating three fundamental elements of the land/earth, rainbows, and several motifs of Navajo storytelling. Informed by ongoing movements of Indigenous resurgence, we have centered the land and Diné cosmology on the center wall. We have thoughtfully portrayed images of... Read More
If You Believe Artist Room by Michael Toya

If You Believe

From the Artist - Michael Toya: Say-uh-mah (greetings), “If You Believe,” depicts popular culture icons intertwined with traditional Puebloan interpretations of design which influences and teaches the viewer about  what Pueblo people believe in. Often than not, these beliefs are transformed into powerful designs and traditional markings, in which you witness throughout the installation, that give the pueblo people strength, courage, and confidence to keep... Read More
Indigenous Time Artist Room by Colleen Gorman

Indigenous Time

From the Artist - Colleen Gorman: (Description provided in a clockwise motion) Spiderwoman String Theory Spiderwoman is at the threshold outreaching to the Universe and casts a web of Time. Eagle plume is an ancient symbol of faith. Dimensions going into different dimensions make webs of reality. Time is an Entity. Sandpainting outline design on 2018 March Universe Study. The fabric of Time and Space cast. The Milky Way is a Tree of Life. Milky Way makes life,... Read More
Gift of Life Artist Room by Felix Vigil

Gift of Life

From the artist - Felix Vigil: Felix was assisted by his son, Adam Spenser Vigil, as a collaborative partner. Subverting the idea of who art is made for, creating art is a journey. Whether the medium is paint, bronze, wood, glass, clay, or paper, each has its own intrinsic characteristics and I must acquaint myself with those qualities. The journey for me begins when I observe the world around me. Sometimes it might be a powerful and loud thunderstorm, or a whisper of a... Read More
Healing Through Chaos Artist Room by Nathan N. Nez Sr.

Healing Through Chaos

From the artists - Nathan N. Nez Sr.: For this room, I decided to go with two different styles and mediums that best define me as an artist: using spray paint and acrylic. I have used figures, symbols, and phases from Navajo culture. I chose three words which mean a lot to me and have helped me become who I am today as a husband, father, and Navajo artist. On the north wall I used the words Hozho and Yeego, putting the definition of the words above them. I... Read More
ÁŁTSÉ HASHKÉ Artist Room by Vanessa Bowen

ÁŁTSÉ HASHKÉ 

From the Artist - Vanessa Bowen: Black God has a crescent moon on his forehead, a full moon for a mouth, the Pleiades on his temple and he wears a buckskin mask covered in sacred charcoal with white paint.[1] Black God was busy meticulously placing the constellations when Coyote came along. In the moment of impatience, coyote threw a blanket of stars into the sky forming the Milky Way. It was Black God, also known as the Fire God, who lit the stars. He did... Read More
The Rainbow Room Artist Room by Tammy Garcia

The Rainbow Room

From the Artist - Tammy Garcia: The rain falling is just noticeable among abstract designs inspired by the colors and designs of Southwestern pueblo pottery. A rainbow forms the perch for a quail braced by flowers as scalloped clouds trim the ceiling above. About Tammy Garcia Tammy Garcia is a Santa Clara Pueblo sculptor and Ceramic artist. Garcia translates Pueblo pottery forms and iconography into sculptures in bronze and other media. Tammy Garcia is undoubtedly... Read More
Sunrise Mountain Planting Love Artist Room by Working Classroom Middle School Students

Sunrise Mountain Planting Love

From the Artists - Working Classroom Middle School Students: Our room is a collective of youth silhouettes, medicinal floral plants, symmetry, and warmth from a sacred mountain. The goal was to send a positive message of har-mony and reciprocity with the earth, and the many healing gifts She brings. workingclassroom.org About Working Classroom In 2019, Nativo partnered with Albuquerque’s Working Classroom’s students from the Native American... Read More
OKUU PÍN TURTLE MOUNTAIN Artist Room by Jason Garcia

OKUU PÍN-TURTLE MOUNTAIN 

From the Artist - Jason Garcia: Room #423 faces Okuu Pín-Turtle Mountain-Sandia Mountains, one of the four Sacred Mountains of the Tewa World. The room is oriented to the six Tewa Cardinal Directions and has various colored representations of each: North/Blue, West/Yellow, South/Red, East/White, The Heavens/Multicolors, and The Earth/Black. The Tewa Cardinal directions are represented by various colored clouds, various cloud motifs situated near the... Read More
Rez Dog Room 420 Artist Room by Chaz John

Rez Dog Room 420

From the Artist - Chaz John: Subverting the idea of who art is made for, REZ DOG ROOM 420 was created specifically for Nativo’s rez dog guests who through survival and natural selection, have created a breed of their own. The interior is based on an overly elaborate Victorian design and classical dog paintings of upper-class pedigrees. In this room, these pure breeds have been replaced by rez dogs and the Victorian design overtaken, melting and bursting with rez dog... Read More
Among the Clouds Artist Room by Kandis Quam

Among the Clouds

From the Artist - Kandis Quam: The inspiration for this room was literal and symbolic meaning of some Pueblo traditional garment designs. The big blue symbols can represent the billowing cloud formations found over the ocean called Kelvin Helmholtz clouds. The dark blue at the bottom represents the deep waters of the oceans, and there are literal clouds within the geometric, symbolic cloud formations. Also, our sun father can be seen peaking over the horizon with... Read More
Phytoremediation in the Glittering World Artist Room by Marina Eskeets

Phytoremediation in the Glittering World

From the Artist - Marina Eskeets: Location: New Mexico, United States. W.I.P.P, Carlsbad, NM. L.A.N.L, Ohkay Owingeh, Pueblo of Jemez, Los Alamos, NM. U.N.C, Diné Territory, Eastern Navajo Nation, Church Rock, NM. Sunflowers are unique plants, known as hyperaccumulators because of their ability to grow and capture contaminates in soil and ground water. Their roots reach down into the earth and pull toxicities from beneath and store them in... Read More
The Glittering World Artist Room by Rylin Becenti

The Glittering World

From the Artist - Rylin Becenti: “The Glittering World” is a contemporary installation that speaks to the physical aspects of life—bio matter being this idea that we can only see certain things with light, a microscope, or what the human eye is unable to see, whereas dark matter, equates to the metaphysical. In sync with these ideas lies the spirituality and belief that we are our only enemy, our ego/greed, and the subconscious. As human kind we often worry... Read More
Shucks Artist Room by Working Classroom High School Students

Shucks

From the Artists - Working Classroom High School Students: Working with images they felt reflected their interests, this room transformed into a collage of misfit puzzle pieces. The spontaneity brought raw interpretations of land, identity, escapism, thought, and emotion. This room represented the limitlessness of creativity to the students. workingclassroom.org About Working Classroom In 2019, Nativo partnered with Albuquerque’s Working Classroom’s students from the... Read More