Joe Cajero

Joe Cajero, Jr. was born in 1970 in Santa Fe, New Mexico and raised in the Pueblo of Jemez. He is a descendant of a long line of Pueblo artists, including his father, a painter, and his mother, Esther, a potter.

Cajero knew early on he would be an artist and assumed he would follow in the lines of his father and become a painter. At fifteen years of age, while sitting in his mother’s shop one day, she convinced him to take a piece of clay and try to create something out of it. That something turned out to be a small bear figure. That first figure sold the same day before it had even dried.

In 1990, Cajero attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe after high school, where he studied two-dimensional art, with a few classes in traditional pottery making.

Cajero has been creating clay originals and limited edition bronze sculptures for more than 17 years now, including a few monumental commissions. He enjoys working with commercial clay and traditional Jemez clays, as well as the process of selecting the patinas (colors), which are used in the finish of bronze sculptures. This has led to the opening of new creative doors for the artist. “It seems I’ve been developing my skills in clay to lead me to work in bronze, and working with bronze has enhanced my skills with natural clay.”

Current works by Joe Cajero in our inventory include:

Relationship: The Eternal Journey
In the Moment Monument
Moments of Tranquility, Hummingbirds (large, framed)
Moments of Tranquility, Female Hummingbird (unframed)
The Trout and the Guardian Horned Serpent
Communion of Spirits
Nurtured by Prayer 38"
Natural Divinity
Emerging From Spirit, Bull Elk
Male Hummingbird Plaque
Moments of Tranquility, Female Hummingbird
Embodiment of Prayer
Emerging from Spirit, Pronghorn
Freedom Horse
Kindred Spirit
Windmaker, Koshare
Moments of Tranquility, Quail
Love Those Melons
Jemez Pueblo Deer Dancer

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