Recently ROA, along with some of his peers such as Tom Greyeyes and J.B. Snyder, painted structures in the Northeastern part of Arizona where the Navajo Nation resides. The Painted Desert Project enlists artists in an effort to bolster tourism and expand the public’s awareness of Navajo history and culture. The project has already garnered a considerable amount of press, appearing in the forums of Juxtapoz, Respect Magazine, 12 OZ Prophet, and State Press Magazine.
ROA’s experiences painting in the Arizona desert have affected his upcoming show, Dominant Species, opening at 941 Geary opening this Saturday September, 15 from 6-9 pm, and showing through November 3rd. An excerpt from the press release: “Dominant Species refers to humanity aside the history of the States, from the Spanish conquest that consequentially, and brutally, changed the native life up to the contemporary human invasion of the landscape. Travelling throughout the tragically magical landscape of Northern Arizona, ROA was fascinated by the illustrative examples of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, seen in the paradox of the harmony of the Navajo with Mother Earth alongside the chaos of commercial feed lots, bear hunting, and landfills.”
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Photos by Daniel Mills