Joe Bernard Montoya
Professional Artist

The Gourd Art of Joe Bernard Montoya is influenced by his years living in the Native American pueblos of northern New Mexico. His art evokes a sense of closeness to the region of childhood. Montoya's work seems to celebrate the interplay between man and the natural world. Animals show up frequently since the Native American Apache people believe animals empower humans through their depiction on utilitarian and other objects.
Traditional Native American symbols are another common theme. They seem to speak to the viewer in a long-forgotten language as if lifted from the Petro- glyphs, ancient rocks of the Southwest. More than just mastering the skills of his craft-drawing, wood burning, inlaid turquoise, and staining, Montoya goes deeper to instill each gourd with a story.
Montoya is more than happy to share the origin and inspiration for each of his unique, skillfully hand crafted fine art gourds.
Montoya calls Orlando, FL home. After working 30 years with the Walt Disney Company as a wood woodworker, carver, and cabinet maker to name a few, he is now able to devote himself full time to his incredible art.
Hand Carved Bowl with Turquoise inlays

Family Celebration

Native Indian Home with Orno and Gourd Moon

Berry Basket

Humming Bird

Turquoise Inlaid Dragonfly

Wood burned Deer

Small Arrowhead Gourd

Inlaid Lizard and Dragon Fly

Small Gourd

Various Small Handcarved Gourds

The Little Papoose

Hand Carved Bowl with Turquoise inlays
Gourd Sculpture: Gourds

Hand carved gourd bowl with turquoise inlays.

This is an original work.
Height 16" x Width 16" x Depth 9"
Year Produced: Unknown
Inventory ID JM_0002
Status: All Galleries


Inspired by his youth in the American Indian Reservation

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