Of Hopi and Laguna heritage, artist Joe Maktima, began his artistic career when he was young. Born into a family of artists, who were both visual and musical, Joe was influenced by watching his grandfather carve and paint. Later in life, he observed his father create paintings at the family kitchen table. These early influences encouraged his development as a visual artist.
A strong creative spirit prompted Joe to pursue his artistic career, having graduated from the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe and later receiving a Bachelor of Fines Arts degree at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
The concepts for his creative vision are expressed in the genre of abstraction expressionist, a style that he has found inspiring and influential in his approach to painting. There are no series of sketches for his work. He begins with a general idea and allows the process of his own creative and critical thought guide him through a composition, knowing that in the end he will hopefully exhibit an aura of value and integrity. The titles of his artwork often point to a common theme that he has pursued in the work. Through his use of combined materials, his method of isolating color, and the use of texture, his paintings demonstrate a painstaking effort in the creative process. The finished work reveals a concentrated effort of overall detail in preparing the canvas, texturing, under-painting, and sealing. His meticulous craftsmanship reflects the influence of his grandfather.
His work has been exhibited consistently at Santa Fe’s prestigious Indian Market since 1985. He was honored with first place in contemporary painting at the Indian Market in 1999. His Evening Star was featured on the 1999 Santa Fe Indian Market poster. The Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona, included the Flagstaff, Arizona, artist as the only Arizona artist in its “Rising Stars 2002” exhibition. In 2004 he was one of fifty-one living Native American artists to have his work shown in the traveling Art-train USA exhibition, “Native Views, Influences of Modern Culture”.
Compiled and contributed by Paul Monska