May 28, 2011

Jemez street artist Fragua

Street Artist Jaque Fragua Helps Osage Youth Create Mural in PawhuskaOn Friday, May 13, graffiti artist and muralist Jaque Fragua, Jemez Pueblo, arrived in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, to collaborate on a massive mural on the side of the Osage Nation Language Building. By Saturday night, the work was completed.

Fragua, who is based in Albuquerque but lives a somewhat itinerant existence, was called in to aid NVision, the youth arts and culture program founded by Osage designer/entrepreneur Ryan Red Corn. “Ryan and I had never collaborated before,” says Fragua, “but he was in Albuquerque last year and saw some of my work in a street art show, as well as a large mural I had done. We had been communicating ever since; he’s been trying to get a mural in Pawhuska for a few years, and finally got the Osage Language Department to let him put one on the side of their building.”
Comment:  For more on the subject, see School Mural of Chief Buffalo and Mural for Slain Aboriginal Woman.

Below:  "The finished mural of a straight dancer on the side of the Osage Language Building in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. The text says 'Osage language.'"

1 comment:

Rob said...

For more on the subject, see:

Mural artist uses graffiti art to make indigenous presence known

If Jaque Fragua had only five more dollars in his pocket, he would buy spray paint and paint some walls while it lasts. "I don't believe art is a luxury," said Fragua, a multimedia artist who is part of the American Indian Mural Krew. "It's a way of life; it's something that's necessary."

Fragua, a Native American from the Walatowa village of the Jemez Pueblo, along with a few local and non-local artists, has completed a mural at Court Youth Center depicting Native culture and the Native presence here in Las Cruces and New Mexico.