Karl (Kee) Nataani was born in Farmington, New Mexico. Karl comes from a long line of famous artists. His grandmother’s Uncle was Beshligai (the name means “white metal”), one of the original Native American silversmiths from the 1860s.
Karl was mostly a self-taught artist and found inspiration in the old concha designs (translates from the word “snail”). His first jewelry-making started in the 1970s in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he created squash blossom necklaces.
Karl, shown with his wife Karen, showcases both traditional and non-traditional materials, unique designs, and innovative techniques. Karl, inspired by the late 1800s techniques, continues to make his silver star button designs using old files. He implements gold into some of his designs as well, giving them a more modern edge.
Karl and Karen live on a ranch with horses, sheep, and cattle. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing on the river. His son continues on the family art work through his welding designs.