“Art has always been a struggle for me. I relate this struggle to the angst of my identity. My identity is not just rooted in Native American culture. Instead, I find myself an amalgam of DNAs, historical trauma, boarding schools, civil rights, Alcatraz, American dreams, urbanization, reservation tragedy, creative triumph, war stories, fist fights, gangbanging, jail time, racial profiling, European ancestry, African blood, mixed opinions, hiphop, punk, rock & roll, jazz, graffiti, tattoos, dark brown skin, long black hair, spiritual wisdom, traditional knowledge, direct action, and painting…
Jaque Fragua (b. 1986, Santa Fe, NM) is an artist from Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico, whose work features visions drawn from traditional Native American ceramics, blankets, tattoo designs and more. Fragua authentically repurposes his culture’s iconography, which conceptually subverts our overconsumption of misappropriated Native American design and identity.
Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM
Visual Communications/Film/Creative Writing
Selected Art Exhibitions: Group & Individual
2016 New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA, WOWPOW
2016 Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Gentrifried
2015 University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, Interwoven: Indigenous Contemporary
2015 Empire Seven Studios, San Jose, CA, Archetype$
2015 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, Necessary Force: Art In The Police State
2014 CONCEPT Art Fair, Miami, FL, In The Round: Featuring Ai Weiwei
2014 GF Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, Deconstructing Coyote
2014 Wieden + Kennedy, Portland, OR, Native + Portland
2014 South Bay Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA, NATIVE
2013 1Spot Gallery, Phoenix, AZ, #NATIVEAMERICA
2012 Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA, Marketplace
2010 516 ARTS, Albuquerque, NM, The Populist Phenomenon
2010 Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM, Rubbish
2009 Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM, Home Is Where The Art Is
2009 Pop Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Native Pulse
2009 Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC, Ramp It Up
2008 Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Santa Fe, NM, Native Underground
2008 Pop Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Blazing Saddles
2008 Think Visual Gallery, Point Arena, CA, Speaking from the Earth
2007 Pop Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Toys & Tales
2007 Pop Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Native Vinyl
2006 Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM, Relations
2006 Institute of American Indian Arts Musuem, Santa Fe, NM, Student Spring Exhibition
Mitchell, Charles Dee. “Beyond the great interruption: the Institute of American Indian Arts recently sponsored the First Indigenous Biennial, featuring artists from the U.S. and Canada,” Art in America, Oct, 2006.
Conn, Cyndi. “Seven Emerging Artists,” Santa Fe Trend, V8#1, Spring 2007.
Salem, Nancy. “Albuquerque: Street Art Comes Alive in New Mexico,” art ltd. magazine, January 2011.
Chisholm, Christie. “On Native Ground: Jaque Fragua,” Localflavor, August, 2011.
Rose, Joshua. “Street, stone and bronze,” Western Art Collector Magazine, March, 2012.
Shoemaker, Peter. “Artists You Need To Know,” New Mexico Magazine, August 2013.
Zimmerman, Nancy. “Taking It To The Streets,” Trend Magazine, Summer 2014.
Davis, Kathryn M. “Deconstructing Coyote: Thanksgiving In The Southwest,” THE Magazine, December 2014.
2011 Fellow, Malcolm & Connie Goodman Fellowship, Wheelwright Museum, Santa Fe, NM.
2012 Artist, The Rising Artists Project Artist Residency, Santa Fe Indian Market, Albuquerque, NM.
2014 Contemporary Native Art Magazine Visionary Award