Joel Pajarito is a member of Santo Domingo Pueblo. He is the son of Anthony Lovato, and grandson of Mary Coriz, who is known to have helped revive the traditional shell-inlay work within the pueblo. Anthony is also the great-grandson of Santiago Leo Coriz, who learned the art of tufa casting from a Hopi friend, and brought the art to Santo Domingo and introduced it to family.

Joel blends a mixture of contemporary and traditional styles, using a wide variety of stones. His imagery includes horses, petroglyphs, corn, and butterflies. He also creates holloware jewelry.