Monty Claw

Navajo artist Monty Claw just finished an interview with Native Peoples Magazine that will be released during this year’s Santa Fe Indian Market. The road to artistic recognition was a long one that started when he was five years old.

 
Monty Claw Navajo Painting, Bead & Tufa Cast Artist Monty Claw Navajo Painting, Bead & Tufa Cast Artist
Perry Null Trading

You grew up in Gallup?

Monty Claw

Yes, I grew up here and graduated from Gallup High School.

Perry Null Trading

So how did you get interested in art? Did you have family members who made art?

Monty Claw

My dad did bead art, but he was always busy working so I wasn’t around it at home.

Perry Null Trading

When did you get interested in art?

Monty Claw

Well I was already interested in art when I was five years old. I would do drawings in high school. I had two teachers who inspired me to concentrate more of my energy towards art.

Perry Null Trading

Who were the teachers, and what kind of art were you doing?

Monty Claw

Kathy Noe and Tom Hall taught art at Gallup High School and really got me serious about art. I was doing some two-dimensional and three-dimensional art at this time.

Perry Null Trading

When you say serious what do you mean?

Monty Claw

I thought about it as a career and enrolled in the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe after graduating high school.