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Subject: Original Painting of Zuni Shalako Ceremony

Category: Paintings | Posted by Todd | Fri, May 31st 2013, 2:29pm

Fred Cleveland is a member of the Bitter Water and Kayonnie clans. He was born in a hogan on the Navajo Reservation near Ganado, Arizona where his family raised sheep. He was first exposed to art when he watched his mother weave rugs and his father, who created images in the curative process of sand painting. He left the reservation for a time when his mother taught weaving at Arizona State College in Flagstaff. She could not afford a babysitter and as he sat close by her in the classroom, students would pass him pencils and paper to work with and keep him busy. This was his introduction to a means of expression that he has used ever since. At Toyei Boarding School in Arizona he painted a mural, and during his army experience in Germany did murals as part of his KP duty.

Cleveland remained a basically self-taught artist until he and three other Native American artists, Ted Draper, Jimmy Abeita, and Sammy Sandoval, went away to study for a year and a half at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He has continued to paint Native American subjects of his tribe as well as other tribes whom he has visited.

This painting of the Zuni Pueblo Shalako ceremony is probably based on Cleveland having witnessed this all-night event at some point. The Zuni Shalako Ceremony is open to the public, particularly those who have the stamina to stay up all night in sub-zero weather. The painting is signed in lower right. It is not dated. A simple black metal frame forms an outline for the painting.
Condition: original condition
Provenance: from the collection of a gentleman in California


Subject: Original Painting of Zuni Shalako Ceremony
Artist: Fred Cleveland
Category: Paintings
Origin: Diné - Navajo Nation
Medium: acrylic on canvas
Size: 35-1/2" x 23-1/2" image; 36" x 24" framed
Item # C3381A

Fred Cleveland is a member of the Bitter Water and Kayonnie clans. He was born in a hogan on the Navajo Reservation near Ganado, Arizona where his family raised sheep. He was first exposed to art when he watched his mother weave rugs and his father, who created images in the curative process of sand painting. He left the reservation for a time when his mother taught weaving at Arizona State College in Flagstaff. She could not afford a babysitter and as he sat close by her in the classroom, students would pass him pencils and paper to work with and keep him busy. This was his introduction to a means of expression that he has used ever since. At Toyei Boarding School in Arizona he painted a mural, and during his army experience in Germany did murals as part of his KP duty.   Cleveland remained a basically self-taught artist until he and three other Native American artists, Ted Draper, Jimmy Abeita, and Sammy Sandoval, went away to study for a year and a half at the American Academy of Art in Chicago.  He has continued to paint Native American subjects of his tribe as well as other tribes whom he has visited.    This painting of the Zuni Pueblo Shalako ceremony is probably based on Cleveland having witnessed this all-night event at some point.  The Zuni Shalako Ceremony is open to the public, particularly those who have the stamina to stay up all night in sub-zero weather. The painting is signed in lower right.  It is not dated.  A simple black metal frame forms an outline for the painting. Condition: original condition Provenance: from the collection of a gentleman in California

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