Duane Dishta was born in 1946 at Zuni Pueblo in northern New Mexico. His father is Zuni and his mother is Zuni/Hopi. Influenced by the paintings of Hopi painters, Raymond Naha & Neil David, Dishta’s work reflects Zuni and Hopi life, particularly as it relates to ceremonies.
Dishta painted 139 figures to illustrate Barton Wright's book Kachinas of the Zuni. His work was also featured in Zuni, the Art and the People, Vol 2.
Due to the popularity of Native American jewelry during the 1970s, Dishta began creating the silver and turquoise jewelry for which his pueblo is so renowned. He returned to painting full time in the 1980s. His work has been exhibited at the Heard Museum, the Santa Fe Indian Market, the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial and the Southwest Museum at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) West.