Jim Covarrubias is an Arizona native with decades-long experience in the Arts. He is a U.S. Army veteran, sustains an MFA from Arizona State University, and is the founder of numerous organizations revolving around art, public service and education including MARRS, an alternative art space dating back to the 1970s, and Ariztlan Studios.

As the Ariztlan Studios Director, Jim has for three decades documented and shared the cultural arts of the Southwest with emphasis on Veteran arts and Native-American and Hispanic art. He is also the current arts Editor for Arizona Veterans Magazine. Jim believes in giving back to the community and is regularly booked for live-painting performances and speaking engagements on the cultural history of the Southwest and Native-American legends.

As a participant in The Legislature Arts Program at the Capital through Jim has displayed numerous works at the Arizona Capital Building and has made select pieces available for viewing and purchase online at CovarrubiasCollection.com


  • Commissioned Artworks
  • Live Paintings
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Meso-American Art Overview
  • Kokopelli's World
  • Inyahoskie - a Lakota legend
  • Chicano Art Evolution in Arizona