Watch the following video to learn how Pi got her name. (Hint: her parents were not mathematicians, and although she loves pumpkin pie, that is not either.)
To Pi Luna, Recycling is more than repurposing our stuff. It is about radical transformation on all levels, including the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual realms.
When Pi gets an idea for a piece, she often chooses something in her life or our society that she wants to heal or transform. Then she grabs magazines and starts chopping. With each clip of the scissors, Pi imagines cutting up the problem. She breaks apart the ideas, emotions, and belief systems that hold her back. The magazines, often loaded with cultural conditioning, get so destroyed by her process that the messages are no longer coherent. Fragmented, they lose their power.
What is left is simply a pile of scraps. From there, Pi creates something new—something life-affirming. Piece by piece, she assembles an image that feels alive and full of possibilities. She often chooses nature as her subject matter because it symbolizes our most natural and harmonious state. It represents how she wants to be: interconnected and whole.
At first glance, Pi Luna’s art looks like paintings. But come up close, and you’ll start to see the textures and shapes. She cuts up tiny pieces of paper cut out of recycled magazines and arranges them into works of art.
She first developed her process when working on her MFA at Goddard College. Originally a realistic oil painter, Pi wanted to explore metaphor and storytelling in her artwork. She started branching out to explore new media, working in acrylic and mixed media. Eventually, she discovered paper and fell in love.
Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Art, Goddard College, 2012.
Bachelor of Expressive Arts, Prescott College, 2009.
Artistic License Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2023
Little Bird de Papel, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2023
"Circles: Nothing is Lost." Tortuga Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2023
"Before the Stormhold," Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2023
"Apples and Oranges," Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos, New Mexico, 2022.
"A Bird in Hand," The Bat and the Buffalo Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2022.
"Handmade Hands and Faces," Tortuga Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2022.
"Water is Life," Tortuga Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2022.
"Authors & Artists Festival: Writing the Land," Writing the Land, online, 2022.
"The Mural Project," Katharsis Media, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2021.
"Art Installation," Off Center Arts, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2021.
"Santa Fe Studio Tour," Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2021.
"A Vision of Hope and Healing," Santa María de la Vid Abbey, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2020.
"2020 Stronger Together Online Recovery Festival," Stronger Together New Mexico, online, 2020.
"Fathers New Mexico Art Party," Fathers New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2020.
"Holiday Show," Meow Wolf, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2019.
"Santa Fe Rally for Recovery," Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2019.
"Solo Exhibition," Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2017.
"Santa Fe Literary Review," Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2021
"We'Moon Calendar," Mother Tongue Ink, Wolfcreek, Oregon, 2020, 2024
"The Art of Pi Luna," Pi Luna Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2020
"Santa Fe Literary Review," Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2019
"Whitefish Review," Whitefish, Montana, 2010
"Your Art Our Table Contest," Cafecito, Artwalk Santa Fe, and Creative Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2022
"PechaKucha Night: Vol. 14 - MULTIPLICITY," Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2022
"It's Her Turn," podcast interview, Dr. Kate Dow, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2021
"Not Your Mother's Radio," radio interview, Eliot Goldstein, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2021
"Art Talk," Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM, 2020
Artistic License Gallery, Eldorado, New Mexico, 2023
The Abiquiu Inn, Abiquiu, New Mexico, 2023
Sage Intentions, Findlay, Ohio, 2023
Magic Morpho, Decorah, IA, 2023
The Gilded Page, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2022
International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon, Arizona, 2022
Moxie: Fairtrade and Handmade, Taos, New Mexico, 2022
Kadampa Meditation Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2022
Pushpin Collaborative Co, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2022
Prana Blessings, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2022
Blue Eagle Metaphysical Emporium, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2022