Conference Poster Artist
Tonio started creating at an early age, when his father, a part time silversmith encouraged he and his sister to make pieces of their own and his mother, designated a wall in his bedroom for him to draw on. He relies on his rich Spanish and Piro Indian blood to inspire him to create works in acrylics, oils, graphite pencil, silver, turquoise, and cotton wood root. He also enjoys penning short stories and essays.
His works have been showcased in many exhibits to include the Colorado State Fair Hispanic Art Show, murals on the Arkansas River Levee, Legacy Art Albuquerque, as well as one man shows at the Kiva in La Junta, Colorado, the Robert Hoag Rawlings Library in Pueblo and the Branigan Cultural Center of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Tonio’s paintings and jewelry are part of personal collections throughout the United States.
In addition to creating artwork, he is active with his Pueblo community, The Piro-Manso-Tiwa Indian Tribe of Las Cruces New Mexico. Tonio partakes in Pueblo Dances, studies Piro linguistics and plays violin for the Matachine dancers of his tribe.
He is known throughout his community for supporting charitable events, as well as for his public presentations that encourage artistic creativity and increases cultural knowledge.