College of Liberal Arts

CMAS PlaticArte: Amado Peña, Jr.

Friday Sep 15, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM | GWB 2.206 (Multipurpose Room), Gordon-White Building (GWB), The University of Texas at Austin

Join us for a special PlaticArte featuring a conversation with renowned visual artist, Amado Peña, Jr.

Amado Maurilio Peña, Jr. was born in Laredo, Texas. He studied art and education at Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M University-Kingsville), where he received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees.

Amado Peña, Jr. is a Mestizo of Mexican and Yaqui ancestry. He is recognized as an Artisan of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona. This is a particularly high honor and one that he cherishes.  He is dedicated to furthering the public's knowledge and interest in the Tribe, its art, its history, and its culture.

Amado Peña, Jr.'s art celebrates the strength of a people who meet the harsh realities of life in an uncompromising land, and his work is a tribute to the Native Americans who survive by living in harmony with an adversarial, untamed environment. His artwork is inspired by places such as Canyon de Chelly, Spider Rock, Monument Valley, Enchanted Mesa, Acoma, and Black Mesa. These sites are part of an enduring landscape that speaks of the ancient heritage of a region that is now known as Arizona and New Mexico. 

 

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