Today we’d like to introduce you to Fil (Yoimasa) Kewanyama.
Fil, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am a retired army veteran of 21 years active duty. Growing up on Hopi land, I had already been involved in the arts but didn’t really pursue it until I moved to Prescott in 2004.
Today, my life revolved around my love of creating what I call Hopi art or Native art. My other passion is hiking the various opportunities in Arizona, and other started if possible.
Has it been a smooth road?
Has not really been a smooth road. I’ve had to deal with adjusting to civilian life, getting help thru the Veterans Health for active duty related injuries.
Also, finally, was able to get an Associate’s Degree for Graphics Designing thru Yavapai College.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Yoimasa: The Art of Fil Kewanyama story. Tell us more about the business.
My artwork which is mostly what I call Hopi art. It is my way of telling my story of who we are as Hopi. I mostly work in acrylics but have also studied in oils, watercolors, clay sculpting, mixed media.
Most recently, I won an award in Buffalo, NY for an acrylic painting of our Hopi Code Talkers. This competition was thru the Veterans Art competition.
My story was proudly shared in the VA’s website.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I hope to become more involved in exhibiting my works in galleries worldwide. My dream is to have an exhibit in other countries as well.
Be able to actually cast my clay sculptures in bronze to exhibit. Currently, monetary means, it’s something I can’t afford.
To be able to do art presentations/lectures on my works.
- Phone: (928) 273-0076
- Email: Yoimasa@gmail.com
- Instagram: Fil Kewanyama
- Facebook: Yoimasa: Art of Fil Kewanyama
- Other: Fineartamerica.com