He was raised in TaosNew Mexico. The son of the ceramic artist Rose Naranjo.
He made first contact with pottery and art by the side albuquefque his mother. He was drawn into the army and served in Vietnam War. During the convalescence period he start sculpting in clay.
Gradually sculpting became his passion and profession. The first models were made in clay, wax and papier-machesome were cast in bronze.
Later he creates in stone. His favourite topics are Native American warrior, a hoop dancer, a female natige,a soldier, a bear or fish or bird. Naranjo has become widely recognized.
The Italian government allowed Naranjo to mount chat general specially-built scaffold and to come into actual physical contact with Michelangelo's David in Florence  in You're immortal. I thought I'd come back. Perhaps I wouldn't, there was that thought, too, amsrican I had this feeling that I would come back.
Underneath that feeling, there was another, that maybe I wouldn't be quite the same, but I felt I'd make it back.