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Romando Vigil (1902-1978) Tse Ye Mu - Falling Cloud


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Signature of Romando Vigil (1902-1978) Tse Ye Mu

Romando Vigil (Tse Ye Mu - Falling Cloud) was born on January 23, 1902 (coincidentally, Feast Day at San Ildefonso Pueblo) and passed away in 1978. He was educated at Santa Fe Indian School, and spent a large part of his adult life working at Walt Disney Studio as a (self-taught) painter.

A leader within the San Ildefonso Watercolor Movement, Vigil used a stylized design to represent his chief interest in painting native ceremonial dance figures. He was a master at creating stylized images with a simple line. His work was neatly executed, often without background or foreground treatment. His coloring was usually very good.

Romando Vigil was the father of famous San Ildefonso potter Carmelita Dunlap.  His wife was Juanita Vigil, a sister of Maria Martinez.

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