Orlando Allison is a true modern visual Hopi artist of the Southwest. Raised in rural Arizona on the Hopi reservation relatives recall Orlando with a pencil always in hand at an early age. Orlando is a self-taught artist with his works predominantly in the acrylic medium on birchwood panel. With an emphasis on a modern interpretation of Hopi History and mythology. A distilling down of myths into a modern, aesthetic, accessible construct that people can understand so as to help them view the greater mystery.
In recent years, Orlando has gotten his start at numerous group shows throughout the Arizona metropolitan area, particularly, in Tempe and Phoenix. Moreover, Orlando has begun showing on the Indian Market circuit throughout the United States. Thus far, has participated in The 81st annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture at the Museum of Northern Arizona in 2014; taking home Second place in the drawing and painting category. Also, The 2015 Heard Museum Indian Market where he placed First and Best of Class in his category. Furthermore, shows include Orlando’s introduction to the 25th annual Autry Museum Indian Arts Marketplace in Los Angeles, California. Where he was also awarded The West Family in honor of W. Richard West, Sr. Best of Painting and Mixed Media Award. Recently, the 96th Santa Fe Indian Market awarded Orlando second place in the painting, drawing, and, graphics category. Currently, Orlando’s works can be seen at the Faust Gallery where he continues to push his boundaries stylistically and conceptually while maintaining a traditional thread throughout his creations.