R. C. Gorman (1932-2005) Rudolph Carl Gorman
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R.C. Gorman was reservation raised (Navajo Nation). He received a scholarship from the Navajo Tribe in 1958 to study in Mexico at the University of the Americas. The strong influence of Mexican artists Tamayo, Rivera, and Zuniga is evident in his work. The classic simplicity of Zuniga's work is so apparent in the drawings of Navajo women by Gorman.
He was probably the most famous Diné (Navajo) artist. He was charming, flamboyant and fascinating. He had spent most of his adult life in Taos, New Mexico, where he lived and worked. He was extremely talented and could execute a pastel drawing that appeared to be effortless, but was a masterpiece of technique.
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