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Quincy Tahoma (1917-1956) Water Edge - Near Water

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While at Santa Fe Indian School, Quincy Tahoma, Diné—Navajo (1917-1956) Water Edge (Near Water) developed his unique painting style. He was active in sports and set a district track record in 1940. After WWII, he established himself as a full-time artist and shared his studios in the Southwest with artists who are now well established.  Tahoma’s native name, Water Edge or Near Water, is not a translation of his Diné name but is the name of his mother’s clan.  Tahoma died a tragic accidental death at a young age.

Clara Lee Tanner rightly said he was " of the most dynamic, imaginative, and gifted of Southwest artists." During most of his life, he experienced misfortune, and died at the age of [38-39].  - Snodgrass 1968

Tahoma painted a wide variety of subject matter but was perhaps best known for his dynamic action filled paintings. He also painted pictures full of humor. His signature included a vignette, a miniature scene which depicted what happened after the action in the painting. - Lester 1995

Reference: The Biographical Directory of Native American Painters by Patrick Lester

*Note: Quincy Tahoma, The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist states his birth year as 1917.

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