Hopi Artist Duane Koyawena Mixes Traditional and Contemporary

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown April 28th, 2014 Last Updated on: April 28th, 2014

Duane Koyawena is a self taught artist currently living in Flagstaff, AZ. He is Hopi from Second Mesa, AZ and Tewa from San Juan Pueblo, NM.

His work not only graces the canvas, but custom shoes as well.

His path has been a difficult one, but he has overcome certain struggles and is now proud to be sober.




Koyawena“I have definitely put the struggle in “struggling artist” by having had a serious addiction to alcohol for most of my youth. That all changed in 2008 when I finally began my road to sobriety and reestablished with my Hopi way of life.”

“By embracing my traditional teachings and culture, my art is pure again. Drawing/painting inspiration from my past, my sobriety, my family, and most importantly, my Hopi identity – I am better able to affect positive energy to help myself and others live a balanced and happy life.”


For more information on how to order prints and custom shoes, please visit DuaneKoyawena.com or reach him at (928) 707-0862. Be sure to follow him on Facebook too – Duane Koyawena Arts!





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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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