Rie Munoz (ree moo-nyos), a Dutch-American,
was born and raised in California.
She has lived
in Alaska since 1951, when she traveled up the
Inside Passage by steamship, fell in love with
Juneau, and gave herself until the boat left the
next day to find a job and a place to live.
Since then Juneau has been home to Munoz.
Of the many jobs she has held — journalist,
teacher, museum curator, artist, mother — one of her most memorable was as a teacher on
King Island in 1951, where she taught 25 Eskimo
children. The island was a 13-hour umlauk
(a walrus-skin boat) voyage from Nome,
an experience she remembers vividly.
During her years in Alaska, Rie Muñoz has lived in a variety of small
Alaskan communities, including prospecting and mining camps.
Her paintings reflect an interest in the day-to-day activities of village life such as
fishing, berry picking, children at play, as well as her love of folklore and legend.