Art Gallery Opening: Ricardo Cate

March 7, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma Ave
Santa Fe, NM 87501


Monthly Art Gallery Series @ Jean Cocteau Cinema

Ricardo Cate


  • Renowned cartoonist
  • Santo Domingo Pueblo
  • Known for wry, poignant humor
  • Only Native American cartoonist carried in daily mainstream newspaper
  • SWAIA-Santa Fe Indian Market Artist
  • IFAM-Indigenous Fine Arts Market Artist
  • “Without Reservations” runs daily in the Santa Fe New Mexican

Ricardo Caté of Santo Domingo Pueblo is the most prominent Native American cartoonist working today. His immensely popular cartoon “Without Reservations” is published daily in the Santa Fe New Mexican and Taos News, and explores the irony and poignant humor found in the Native American experience of living in dominant culture.




Caté is the only Native American cartoonist whose work is carried by a daily mainstream newspaper. Many of his comics are included in his extraordinary book, Without Reservations: The Cartoons of Ricardo Caté.

In addition to being a cartoonist, Caté is also an activist, stand-up comedian, writer, teacher, veteran, former college athlete, tribal official, four-time Dakota Access Pipeline protester at Standing Rock, and filmmaker.

Caté’s celebrity fans include Wes Studi, Jackie Chan, Winona LaDuke, Nick Nolte, Denzel Washington, and Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement.

He has three children and lives in Santo Domingo Pueblo, where he participates in feast day dances and traditional cultural events.

Ricardo Cate’ grew up with his grandparents on the Santo Domingo Reservation during assimilation. It is traditionally known as Santo Domingo Pueblo (the Spanish explorers gave it that name), then some activists changed it to “Kewa”, which is its indigenous name.

Ricardo got his sense of humor from his dad, uncles, and his brothers and their relentless teasing and joking around. He started drawing cartoons with his best friend David in 7th grade. They were the only ones that understood the humor in their cartoons and realized that what they were creating was unique. They read every MAD magazine that came out and wished that they could draw like Don Martin.

Today Ricardo’s cartoons are featured in daily newspapers such as The Santa Fe New Mexican. People from his community/tribe really enjoy his cartoons and they always “get it”, while their non-Native counterparts have a hard time understanding some of them. He has since learned to make the jokes more universal.