San Ildefonso Painting of Single Pueblo Dancer by J.D. Roybal

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J.D. Roybal, San Ildefonso Pueblo Painter

This small original painting was created by San Ildefonso Pueblo artist J.D. Roybal.  It features a single pueblo dancer, and was completed in Roybal’s version of the traditional Pueblo style.  The dancer is detailed and colorful, with exceptional linework and colors that are both bold and soft.  He carries a bow and rattle, and is pictured mid-stride during a Pueblo ceremonial dance.

The painting is signed “J.D. Roybal” in the lower right.  It is not framed, but is mounted in all the necessary materials save for the frame itself.  The buyer can take it to a framer, select a frame, and have the materials cut down to their desired size.

Artist Signature of José Disiderio (J. D.) Roybal  Oquwa - Rain GodJosé Disiderio “J. D.” Roybal (1922-1978) Oquwa - Rain God was a talented and accomplished painter from San Ildefonso Pueblo.  He is best known for his colorful and detailed depictions of San Ildefonso ceremonial rituals. He was a prolific artist, producing many small, single-figure pieces for sale.  The majority of these works—in keeping with the “flat” style favored by Pueblo painters of the time—contain no background or ground plane. Roybal painted a bit during his youth, but became much more productive during the 1950s.  He exhibited and sold his works most frequently and successfully during the 1960s.  He was the nephew of early San Ildefonso painter Awa Tsireh.


Condition: excellent condition

Provenance: this San Ildefonso Painting of Single Pueblo Dancer by J.D. Roybal is from a private Texas collection

Recommended Reading: Clara Lee Tanner.  Southwest Indian Painting: a Changing Art 

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Alternate close up view of the face off this Pueblo dancer.

J.D. Roybal, San Ildefonso Pueblo Painter
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