Bryon Archuleta was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is Tewa from Ohkay Owingeh and Santa Clara Pueblo, and was raised along the Rio Grande in the Española valley. He began drawing at a young age, attending Española Valley High where he took his first art classes, and then went on to learn how to work with watercolor, pen, and ink.
After high school, he attended the Institute of American Arts in Santa Fe, NM, and graduated in 1996 with an Associate of Fine Arts degree in two-dimensional art. After graduating, he joined the work force, painting and working various jobs such as museum curator, medical record technician, florist, and shipping and receiving clerk.
Influenced by pop culture and music, Bryon’s primary medium is acrylic and oil. His work combines native imagery, history, the sexy and surreal, with a sense of humor and social commentary on the 21st century, as seen from a native perspective.
In addition to being a member of the Mutantroot Art Collective, he is also a member of the Ahalina Studios in Santa Fe, NM, and the Indigenous Brilliance International Art Exhibition. His works are in various private art collections, as well as the permanent art collection in Pojoaque Pueblo’s P’oeh Museum, and the Royal Museum in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Bryon currently resides in Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo.