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SWAIA and Collected Works Bookstore present a talk with Native contemporary artist Alex J Peña (Comanche). Peña will show and discuss his evocative and beautiful paintings. He will also sign and give out complimentary copies of the March/April issue of Native Peoples magazine where his work is prominently featured.
Artist Alex Peña regularly participates in European exhibitions, teaches at the IAIA, and has won myriad awards and residencies. In addition to his work with SWAIA and the Santa Fe Indian Market, Peña is represented by Legends Santa Fe Gallery. His work combines multiple media and rich colors with an intriguing use of line and natural forms; the result is a stunning body of artwork that speaks to, as he writes, “a statement of cultural inspiration/knowledge, interpersonal relationships, and/or the idea of beauty.” The winner of a 2012 SWAIA Fellowship, Peña was one of the stars at last year’s Santa Fe Indian Market. Peña’s recent work is rooted in the notions of aesthetics and line. His exploration of these ideas yields delicate, yet dazzling, pieces articulated with motifs found in nature and a palette of both softly and vividly hued paints.