“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, jail time, racial profiling, 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
Visual Communications

Selected Exhibitions

2017         MACLA, San Jose, CA, Notes On Democracy
2016         The New School, New York, NY, #NODAPL
2016         San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, When I Remember, I See Red
2016         Form & Concept, Santa Fe, NM, Made In The Desert
2016         New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA, WOW POW
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
2014         Columbia University, New York, NY, Art & Activism: Public Art & the Native Diaspora
2013         1Spot Gallery, Phoenix, AZ, #NATIVEAMERICA


Stella Artois
Larry Smith Tokyo
City of Toronto
Urban Artworks


Santa Fe Reporter
Fast Company