Artist, activist, and curator Nikesha Breeze creates ritualistic art to explore intergenerational trauma and healing.
New Mexico Artists to Know Now
Artist Emily Margarit Mason creates staged, surreal photographs that translate the physical world from something seen to something felt.
Artist Shannon Christine Rankin works with maps to depict new, reimagined, and ever-changing geographies.
Artist Andrés de Varona’s photographs show his perspective on human life, addressing loss, conflict, and grief.
Shoshannah White finds inspiration in environmental science and the climate, sparked by the interaction of raw materials and the photographic process.
Artist nicholas b jacobsen works to untangle the genocidal practice of removing Indigenous people from their immemorial homelands.
Artist Isadora Stowe's work explores the landscape of the mind as it relates to the physical environment. She creates an all-encompassing vision with a visual vocabulary that is both personal and builds on the universal.
Southwest Contemporary announces a call for artists for the third annual 12 New Mexico Artists to Know Now feature.
New Mexico Artist to Know Now Eric-Paul Riege (Diné) updates us on the work he's been making, the space he's holding, and material as a teacher.
New Mexico Artist to Know Now Cedra Wood updates us on her current work, reflecting rather than producing, and the subject of mortality.
New Mexico Artist to Know Now Frank Blazquez updates us on his latest documentary work and writing for The Guardian.
Justin Richel updates us on his current projects and the vital role of art-making.
NM Artist to Know Now Danielle Shelley updates us on her current work within the political and social landscape, and making art as an act of faith.
New Mexico Artist to Know Now William T. Carson updates us on his practice since the pandemic, working with sound, and creating without expectation.
New Mexico Artist to Know Now Andrea Pichaida gives us an update on her new work, her studio practice, and making art in the time of global unrest.
New Mexico Artist to Know Now Joe Ramiro Garcia updates us on his current work and studio practice.
Taos-based artist c marquez, one of SWC's 12 NM Artists to Know Now, updates us on their practice, new pieces, and wishes for the arts community.
Rapheal Begay, one of SWC's 12 NM Artists to Know Now, updates us on his work and relationship to art since the COVID-19 pandemic, which he has spent at home in Navajo Nation. He continues to advocate for Indigenous aesthetics and visual sovereignty.
“The intention of this work is to honor vulnerability, impermanence, and cycles of life on our planet,” c marquez says of their work, which includes two-dimensional pieces, sculpture, installation, and the results of a daily sketchbook practice.
Intensely thoughtful, Raphael Begay sees significance in objects and quotidian scenes and is able to begin a conversation with the viewer through his lens. With installations and discussions about his work, he adds a further dimension of storytelling that engages community...
Garcia, an Art Institute of Chicago–educated artist who moved to Santa Fe from his native Houston in 1987, developed a unique transfer procedure: he creates an image or pattern on paper that’s soaked in gum arabic and water, which is then hand pressed onto a painting surface.
Currently residing in Albuquerque where they are pursuing an MFA in photography, MK began the recent series The Pain Is Just an Annoyance Now as members of their family began to pass away and they witnessed the grief of their mother. These losses spurred an exploration of the complications of family relationships, as well as obscured histories through the physical remnants of the past that shore up the present—family photo albums.
Looking at Cedra Wood’s paintings feels a little like finding a secret door to enchanted lands. Wood understands a connection between the outer wild terrains and the inward ones. Her art celebrates both realms as essential and beautiful, linked by mythos. The worlds she depicts evoke something of the hero’s journey.
Eric-Paul Riege’s (Diné) elaborate and beautiful fiber works not only connect him with his ancestral and artistic centers, but also envelop viewers in an everyday Navajo worldview, one that the artist believes should be communal.
The shapes of Andrea Pichaida’s sculptural works in clay are at once spare and suggestive, their lines and colors inspired by nature, their content speaking to experience both personal and universal.
Danielle Shelley, who earned critical acclaim as a painter, has found similar success as a textile wizard. "My artistic concerns didn’t change when I morphed from a painter into a fiber artist,” writes Shelley in her artist statement. “I am still a passionate colorist, in love with shapes and lines. But I also find satisfaction in being part of the movement that has reclaimed stitch work, a long-dismissed women’s medium.”
Justin Richel infuses his paintings and sculptures with incisive, humorous, and exacting layers of commentary. He studied the technique of icon painting at the Franciscan monastery in Kennebunk, Maine, in 2004. This thoughtful Franciscan attention to color and the creation of signifiers informs his work, but his use of these methods is unique.
“My photos illustrate the blood pumping through Albuquerque,” Frank Blazquez told the Guardian in 2018. The portraits—largely captured along the east-west belt of Central Avenue—capture human faces, yes, but each carries a story in and of itself.
William T. Carson’s work brings a unique perspective to the adage “The medium is the message.” He works with coal to explore a multitude of significations. Beyond the economic, political, or environmental meaning of the substance, Carson reminds us that coal is prehistoric, born of ancient metamorphosis.
David Gaussoin, a Santa Fe jewelry artist of Picuris Pueblo, Navajo, and French descent, comes from a long line of creatives, ranging from silversmiths and painters to rug weavers, sculptors, and woodworkers.
All year long we share the stories of artists from across our state, but this special issue is our way of focusing on a sample of some of the premier talent continuously emerging from New Mexico. These are artists whose works are shaping the landscape of contemporary art in the Southwest.
Southwest Contemporary is pleased to announce an open call for art to be featured in the second annual "12 New Mexico Artists to Know Now" publication and group exhibition. Artists living and working in New Mexico are welcome to submit artwork in any medium.
Adaptation, experimentation, and evolution are all crucial concepts within Heidi Brandow’s practice, which usually takes the form of layers of paint, drawing, and paper on canvas, but also includes a social practice in her photography projects.
Francoise Barnes’s titles give the viewer a quick point of entry to her abstract, mixed-media paintings on canvas, panel, or paper.
Mira Burack’s artwork is a space of rest, contemplation, and the contemplation of rest. Her wall-sized collages of photos of rumpled bedclothes enlarge the space where sleep takes place and, in doing so, enlarge a viewer’s attention to sleep and its landscape.
Vincent Campos injects a sense of whimsy and strangeness into a form that is often serious and pious. Campos’s retablos stick to this script, representing saints and other Catholic imagery, but his figures have odd or humorous details: a caricatured face, a bag of Wonder Bread.
Charming plushy animals walk the razor’s edge between life and lifelessness in Vanessa Gonzalez’s paintings. Each creature—a sloth, a jackalope, a flock of birds—has its limbs wrenched from its tiny body, with threads and fiberfill stuffing poking out of wounds.