Charles Lovato 1937-1987
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The only major painter to come from Kewa Pueblo (Santo Domingo), New Mexico, Charles Lovato became a painter of abstract subjects, muralist, illustrator, poet and craftsman. His paintings were unique and were unrelated to Pueblo traditions. As a jeweler, Lovato made heishe (shell) neckaces, for which the Santo Domingo Pueblo is well known.
At an early age, he was adopted by his grandmother, Monica Silva, who was a potter. He served in the U.S. Military (Navy). He also studied art under Jose Ray Toledo in Santa Fe and settled in New Mexico. After 1967 many of his paintings were accompanied by one of his poems. He explained that sometimes the poem came first and sometimes were written in response to the painting.
Charles Lovato died in 1987 at Kewa Pueblo (Santo Domingo) in New Mexico.
Patrick D. Lester, The Biographical Directory of Native American Painters, p. 326
Peter Falk, Who Was Who in American Art, p. 2066
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