Descended from a family of artists, Joe Cajero creates bronze and clay sculptures—both small-scale and monumental—plaques, and jewelry, all of which draw from his Pueblo Indian heritage. Featuring semi-abstract human, animal, and natural forms, Cajero’s work are made in praise of nature, the sacred, and the beauty of life. In his words: “My creative energy is often spiritual in nature. Each of my sculptures invariably represents some aspect of praise and appreciation for life’s beauty.” He moves seamlessly between his earthen and metallic materials, noting that the two are mutually beneficial. Among his most celebrated subjects is the Koshari, a holy trickster who plays a central role in the Pueblo community. Cajero sculpts clay figures of these black-and-white-striped clowns, capturing their delightfully devilish energy.