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Male and Female Dancers with Drummer

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Gilbert Atencio (1930-1995) Wah Peen
  • Category: Paintings
  • Origin: San Ildefonso Pueblo
  • Medium: gouache
  • Size:
    8” x 12-1/2” image;
    13-5/8” x 18-1/8” framed
  • Item # C3874S
  • Price: $3,600.00

Gilbert Atencio has certainly been recognized as one of the finest Native American artists of the 20th century.  He painted mostly in his spare time after a full day of work as a medical illustrator at Los Alamos National Labs, near the pueblo reservation.  He worked a full career and retired around 1990.

 

Gilbert was born in 1930, and attended the Santa Fe Indian School, graduating in 1947.  This painting of Male and Female Dancers with Drummer is dated 1947, the year of his graduation.  It was completed when he was only 17 years old.  It is an amazing painting with the most intricate details in the dancer’s clothing.  The colors are strong and the stroke is delicate.  It is also amazing to know that the artist was only 17 years old at the time it was painted.  The execution would make one think the artist was well along in a successful career, not a high school student.  By the time he was twenty, he had exhibited at the Santa Fe Museum, the Gallup Inter-tribal Indian Ceremonial, various Albuquerque venues, and at the Philbrook Art Center in Oklahoma.  He had been awarded six first prizes, six second prizes and five third prizes by the age of 19.

 

Artist Signature - Gilbert Atencio (1930-1995) Wah PeenAtencio came from a family with a very talented lineage for art.  His family included four siblings, one of whom was Helen Gutierrez, a well-known potter.  His parents were Isabel Montoya (1899-1996) and Benjamin Atencio (? -1963).  His grandmother and Maria Martinez's mother were sisters.  Not content to solely be a painter, Atencio taught himself to be a potter and was a very good one too.  I met Gilbert around 1979, visited him in his home, and was most impressed with him as a person and an artist.  It was my good fortune to have known him.

 

Condition: original condition

Provenance:

-        Personal collection of Elizabeth DeHuff

-        Charlotte G. Mittler collection presently

Recommended Reading: Through Their Eyes—Indian Painting in Santa Fe, 1918-1945 by Michelle McGeough, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, 2009

Close up view of this painting.

Gilbert Atencio (1930-1995) Wah Peen
  • Category: Paintings
  • Origin: San Ildefonso Pueblo
  • Medium: gouache
  • Size:
    8” x 12-1/2” image;
    13-5/8” x 18-1/8” framed
  • Item # C3874S
  • Price: $3,600.00

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