“My jewelry pieces reflect the invisible energetic forms that are around us, connect us and are inside of us. They tend to take shape in abstract forms, and also resemble organic organisms like creatures, animals, beings, plants, trees, etc. All of my pieces have symbolism and have a narrative that revolves around universal creation and my Native American roots. I make my pieces with a direct and open approach to try and let my subconscious come through and reveal new meanings. I think of jewelry as a sacred form of protection and an enhancer of one's personality, so originality and boldness embody my work and I hope it inspires the wearers to express their inner power as well.”
Kenneth Marez Jr. (Ken Fury) is a contemporary artist working in multiple mediums including, painting, jewelry, music, dance, poetry, photography, and filmmaking. He is from Pueblo, Colorado, descending from Native American and Nuevomexicano/Hispano bloodlines from New Mexico. His artistic vision explores nature's duality - creation and destruction - and expands on multi-dimensional figurations, abstractions, and spaces derived from his dreams, subconscious, and life experiences. Love, mortality, transformation, eroticism, spirituality, and colonialism are some of the subjects that permeate Fury's body of work. "My art is part of one expanding environment that focuses on stimulating all the senses. While also relying on intuition to create spontaneous works that attempt to pierce the core of emotion and spirit."
Ken started painting at a young age, influenced by both of his parents, who are artists. His paintings focus on otherworldly scenes and emotions through the vibrancy of colors, shapes, and inter-dimensional characters that tie into his indigenous roots. His sculptures take the form of jewelry, which is handmade using traditional metalsmithing techniques. Ken Fury started making jewelry in 2006; he is self-taught and also graduated from Studio Jewelers Ltd. in Manhattan. His jewelry and artwork have been exhibited in art galleries and museums, including the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
His approach encompasses all his art forms, including dance. Ken's signature style has won him over 30 of the top Breaking competitions around the world. He started teaching himself how to dance at the age of eleven. After high school, he moved to New York City to pursue his art. He performed in theater productions while also street performing and studying with some of the pioneers in Breaking. He has taught at New York University's TISCH School of the Arts, Seoul Institute of the Arts, and Jakarta Institute of the Arts. He has performed at Central Park Summer Stage, Madison Square Garden, Kennedy Center, and The Smithsonian in Washington DC.
In 2010, Ken began his experiments in music. His inspiration was to merge his poetry and the images in his paintings to create a sonic space. Without prior musical training, he taught himself how to play multiple instruments. Using drum machines, vintage synthesizers, and guitars, he self-produced and released four albums: Flowers Fall Asleep (2012), Moonlight Bloom (2013), The Cry of Nature's Birth (2016), and Rain over Clouds (2020). He directs the short films that accompany his songs. They have screened at film festivals, including the Portland Film Festival, Native Spirit Festival, Four Corners Film Festival, and the American Indian Film Festival.
Ken Fury currently lives in New York City.
The Indian Arts and Crafts Act (Act) of 1990 (P.L. 101-644)
“In accordance with the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, I am recognized by the State of New Mexico as Genízaro. Even though I descend from mixed tribal backgrounds (Apache, Puebloan, Genízaro), according to the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, one can only claim tribal affiliation with the tribes they are currently registered with. I want to make it clear for the consumer who purchases my work and to make sure there is no misrepresentation.”