Harry Fonseca (1946-2006)
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Harry Fonseca was an artist of Portuguese, Hawaiian and Nisenan-Maidu descent. He was born January 5, 1946 in Sacramento, California and was raised in Bryte, California. Fonseca attended local schools including California State University, Sacramento where he majored in fine art with emphasis on "primitive" styles and forms.
Fonseca and his wife Sue moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where they resided a number of years. It was during this time that Fonseca discovered "Coyote" and it became the motivation for his series of works around the fabled and universally appealing character. Coyote has strong historical ties to many Indian traditions and is ubiquitous among the tribes. Known as the "trickster," his acknowledged purpose has been to make fun, to provide a balance for all the serious tradition, to help let off a little steam and bring everything into focus.
Fonseca has wonderfully elaborated on this historical character. He has blown him up to larger-than-life-size, dressed him in the flashy garb of modern "cool," added glitter and placed him in familiar settings of modern times.
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