Amado M Peña Jr. is of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona. He is dedicated to furthering the knowledge and interest in the Tribe, its art, history, and culture. His artwork is inspired by places such as Canyon de Chelly, Spider Rock, Monument Valley, Enchanted Mesa, Acoma, and Black Mesa. Amado's artwork is defined by its bold color and form and dynamic composition. Through his art, he communicates his vision of a land, its people and their art. Peña was born in Laredo, Texas in 1943, a mestizo of Mexican and Yaqui ancestry, celebrates the strength of a people who meet the harsh realities of life in an uncompromising land and his work is a tribute to these Native Americans who survive by living in harmony with an adversarial, untamed environment. . His works, complex abstractions of Native American themes echo the traditions and mystery of the southwest and its people.