POEH SUMMER MARKET 2019 FEATURED ARTIST
Loren Aragon is a Native American artist and fashion designer from the Acoma Pueblo of New Mexico. Aragon was introduced to the arts at an early age, beginning with cultural arts and progressing into modern art. He maintained a connection to the arts throughout his academic career while in pursuit of a degree in mechanical engineering. He continues to promote his work through Native American art exhibitions throughout the Southwest including the Santa Fe Indian Market and the Indigenous Fine Art Market (IFAM).
Loren is driven by the idea that art would refine his ancestral connection and strengthen his connection with family. Aragon’s early artistic developments began under the mentorship of his mother.
Living outside his community and establishing a career in engineering has led to a number of new experiences for Aragon. It has also allowed him to observe a necessity to find a means of cultural preservation for his people. The venture into various mediums and forms of artistic expression are necessary for Loren to lead a progression of his people beyond the ancestral arts. Over the years he has progressed through the cultural arts, illustration, sculpture, jewelry, and into fashion design.