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Chacon, Nanibah

Nani Chacon

Nani Chacon, is a Dine (Navajo) and Chicana artist. Most recognized as a painter and muralist. Nani was born in Gallup, New Mexico and grew up on both the Navajo reservation and New Mexico. Her most notable works have been with in the public arts sector, in which she has a cumulative experience of over 20 years. She began a prolific career as a graffiti writer, and continued this practice for the next 10 years. In 2005, she began exploring other mediums and developed strong aptitude in painting, illustration and design. In 2012, she returned to the public eye creating work on walls. Soon this work transpired to creating Murals and large scale public works. A return to working on walls and in a public setting was a natural progression that facilitates the content of her work as well as personal philosophy that art should be accessible and a meaningful catalyst for social change. Community based arts and educational integration are also a key component the work Nani creates. Her work has been recognized for its unique style and attention paid to site specificity, as well as the integration of socio political issues effecting women and Indigenous peoples.

Nanibah Chacon, Alec Soth, PlatteForum
Artist Sasha Vom Dorp, artist Nanibah Chacon, painter Joel Nakamura
Nani Chacon ¡RESISTE!, Cathryn McGill, Paul Hutton on Billy the Kid



  1. […] you see the Santa Fe New Mexican this Thursday, October 14? We were thrilled to see Nanibah (Nani) Chacon’s mural on the Coe Center’s project space on the front page! Nani (Diné and Xicana) has been […]