AFA, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
BA, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
MFA, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Currently lives at Isleta Pueblo, New Mexico, USA
An Isleta Pueblo and Jemez Pueblo Native American, Deborah Jojola received an Associate of Fine Arts Degree at the Institute of American Indian Arts, a bachelor’s degree and master’s Degrees of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico in printmaking. She is an expert in a variety of media, painting, frescos, printmaking, ceramics, and bookmaking, but she has a special interest in the process of lithography. As a Native artist, Ms. Jojola’s images include both old and new elements, connecting her tribal lands and history with her own. Her work revives images from the past, transforming them into symbolic forms for the future. She often uses the tablita form, a Pueblo headdress, while respecting its boundaries. In her work in printmaking and fresco painting connect to the past, especially to the images found in historic petroglyphs or the walls of the Kiva (Pueblo ceremonial structures). Her work is influences by various styles, including Surrealism, popular culture, Native culture, and her own personal experiences.
She has received many prestigious awards, such as the First Place Ribbon in Printmaking Diversified Form Division at SWAIA Indian Market 2011.
In addition to her work as an artist, Ms. Jojola has worked as a curator of Isleta Pueblo’s national and international museum and gallery shows. She has over 30 years of experience teaching different levels and media, working as an instructor at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, the Institute of American Indian Art, the Very Special Art of New Mexico, and OFF Center Community Arts, a non-profit organization offering creative learning and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
She continues with collaborations with prestigious institutions, including the Arts of the Pueblo People, the East West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, and the Tamarind Institute. Ms. Jojola coordinated a Printmaking Exchange with Institute of American Indian Arts, Crow’s Shadows Institute in Pendleton, Oregon, USA and University of Sidney, Australia. Presently, Ms. Jojola is producing prints and working in her studio “Stone Age Lithography Press” located in Isleta Pueblo, New Mexico. Ms. Jojola is a single parent of a daughter, Delphina, a son, Raymond “Shufa,” two grandchildren, and a new grandson.