Ruben H. Chato lipan apache artist



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“Artist Ruben H. Chato”, was born Ruben Chato Hinojosa Jr. He is an enrolled Tribal member of Lipan Apache Tribe Texas #1691 the Tcha”shka o’zahaye (Little Breech-Clout People), are Southern Athabaskan (Apachean). There traditional territory includes present-day Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado as well as at the Mescalero Reservation. He began creating art earlyon in his life when he was as a child and is celebrated for his Sculptures, Eagles, Wildlife, Pets and Military Fine Art. Artist Ruben Chato’s majors are Fine Art, Honors Art History, Honors World Music and Foreign language. He attended both Golden West College and Mesa College in California during and after his Honorable military service. He was also the recipient of the prestigious Rosa Parks Music Scholarship in 2001 (American Indian Flutes). Artist Ruben Chato was a nominee for “San Diego’s Veteran of the Year 2018-19”, by San Diego Veterans and Homeland Magazine, and was also selected as the 2018 California State Capitol Native American Day Artist. In addition to his United States Navy career and as an artist, he has concurrently worked in film and television as a SAG-AFTRA actor since 2001. The Official Awards Artist at the San Diego International Film Festival Awards Sculpture Artist 2013 - 2019. He is an advocate for Veterans and people with disabilities as well as the Brain Aneurysm Foundation(Survivor 2012). Art is an instrument of healing! 

We all meet special people in our lives daily…
Some just for a moment…
Others for a lifetime… 
Live positive minded and in laughter…" 

by Ruben Chato

He served honorably in the United States Navy for almost 10 years in various duties and traveling to over 18 countries. Having served proudly during wartime and peacetime amid experiences in the Naval Amphibious Fleet Task Force,Boat House LPO, Special Warfare community with SBU/SWCC “The Boat Guys”, in addition to Bud/s SEAL training class 207, a non-graduate medical. This Naval adventure encompassed with other military branches has been an educational experience of a lifetime that has engraved a military bond of brotherhood which is irreplaceable. This is one of his quotes for our universe,“Be a peaceful warrior in the path of life, but be a fierce warrior in the path of fight”, and his grandfather Neto was the inspiration for that. When Ruben joined the U.S Navy his grandfather Neto said to him, “Remember that you will be living proof that I existed”! They were the last words they both ever spoke.

Through the goodness of caring people, arrives the strength to identify and develop lifes multiples of Gods intelligence…then transform. Apache supernatural… Diyi"  

by Ruben Chato
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