Jose Vicente Aguilar, San Ildefonso Pueblo Artist

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Artist signature of José Vicente Aguilar (b.1924) Sua Peen (Warm Mountain) San Ildefonso PuebloAward winning artist Jose Vicente Aguilar is from at San Ildefonso Pueblo. He won many art awards. An honor bestowed on him was the Indian Arts Fund Award in 1962.

"His education beyond elementary school was largely in California, although he did go to the University of New Mexico. He served in the U. S. Army during World War II, in Europe. For the most part, he has been employed as a commercial artist. He has exhibited widely in the Southwest and to a smaller degree in California; too, he is represented in both private and public collections, and has received numerous awards. [Tanner 1973:129]

"Although he started out painting in the traditional ways of his pueblo, and the Santa Fe Indian School, he was greatly influenced by Joe H. Herrera in his later semi-abstract work." ibid

José Vicente Aguilar (b.1924) Sua Peen (Warm Mountain) was born at San Ildefonso Pueblo in 1924, son of Rosalie Simbola Aguilar (1898-1947), potter from Picuris Pueblo, and José Angela Aguilar (1898-1965), pottery decorator and painter from San Ildefonso Pueblo. He and his family lived at San Ildefonso Pueblo.

Reference: Tanner, Clara Lee. Southwest Indian Painting a changing art, The University of Arizona Press, Tucson 1973

TAGS: Picuris PuebloRosalie Simbola AguilarSan Ildefonso PuebloSouthwest Indian PotteryRose GonzalesAmerican Indian Art MagazineSuzanna Aguilar, José Angela Aguilar (1898-1965), Native American Paintings