“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