illustration ©2012 David Dawangyumptewa



David Dawangyumptewa’s path to becoming an artist included stints as a stonemason, and lighting roadie for Jackson Brown and Linda Ronstadt. Raised on the Hopi and Navajo reservations in Arizona, David attended the Institute of American Indian Arts, Haskell Institute in Kansas, and Northern Arizona University. The style and content of his work are reflective of his Hopi background and Water Clan affiliation. His art has been recognized with awards at the Museum of Northern Arizona, American Indian Heritage Foundation, and Santa Fe and Colorado Indian markets. While promoting his own art in museums and galleries around the country, David has expended great effort to bring art to the public via museum exhibit design, the founding of Flagstaff’s Festival of Arts, and high-profile arts advocacy throughout the state of Arizona. ?

For David , painting is an experience that stresses his individualism, yet connects him with people of the Water Clan, of Kykotsmovi, in northeastern Arizona.  His name Dawangyumptewa is the Hopi term given to the motion of the sun, as it appears on the eastern horizon, each morning. “The majority of my paintings are thought of as mythical or spiritual subject pieces. By allowing the viewer to play and expand their imagination, the discovery of a mystical environment in the minds eye is the ultimate reason for creativity. ?My paintings reveal myself through consciously developed symbolism, as well as traditional regional life ways.  These are images that tell of my loves, family relationships, religious upbringing and observations. The search to deepen an identity as an artist of a centuries-long people of the Americas.”


Native American Classics:
Graphic Classics Volume 24
144 pages, color, $15