Clifford Fragua (1955- )

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Clifford Fragua Jemez Pueblo Son of Manuel and Juanita Fragua; bother of Glendora Fragua Daubs, Barbara Jean Chavez Fragua; father of Tablita Fragua Stardancer Swope and Northbear Fragua. Clifford learned pottery making from his mother Juanita Fragua.

Fragua is nationally recognized as a major sculptor. He was chosen by the State of New Mexico to create a larger than life-size statue in marble of the Indian Warrior, Popé. The commission was for New Mexico's permanent display of a New Mexican in the National Statuary Hall in Washington, DC. The National Statuary Hall was created in 1864 and each state authorized to provide two statues in bronze or marble for permanent display.

Selection of Fragua for the Popé commission was a major recognition of his national prominence as a sculptor and a public recognition of his talent.

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