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Nathan N. Nez Sr.

Nathan N. Nez Sr.

Albuquerque, NM

I am from Woodsprings, Arizona: a small community on the Navajo Nation. After high school, I joined the United States Army and was stationed in Ft. Hood, Texas for four years. I was deployed to Iraq in 2003 and now am a veteran of the Iraq war. When I returned home, I went down a dark path with drinking and using drugs without any solid foundation to call home. I felt lost. I lost my Hozho. In 2008, I met a woman who would change my life around for the better, and she is now my wife and the mother of my two kids. After moving to Albuquerque in 2013 I pursued my art dream. I received my Bachelors of Art in Art studios from the University of New Mexico in 2017. Today, I am proud to say I am drug and alcohol free and living with my family here in Albuquerque.

As a Navajo artist, I took new steps and a new direction with my style by going beyond boundaries of Native American art by including a collaboration of my graffiti style. I do value my traditions and culture giving much respect; however, I have learned to evolve and develop my style from the norm. I stay close to my culture, values, and roots. My family and friends have told me stories that turned into art. I also use art as an outlet to help deal with PTSD and so that keeps me grounded as well as pushing me to paint more.

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