Kevin Pochoema, Hopi Pueblo Carver
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Award winning Katsina carver Kevin Pochoema from Hopi Pueblo, Arizona often carves from one piece of cottonwood root. Because of his expert skill level, his sculptures are highly collectible.
Kevin Pochoema is part of the Greasewood Clan and lives in the Hopi village of Bacavi on Third Mesa in Arizona. He is a top prizewinning Kachina - Katsina carver. In 1992, his 20-inch Water Maiden won a special award: “Best Concept Carving.” His dramatic female figure wore an elaborate four-inch tableta, Reviewer Laurence Linford stated "Carving and painted details are exquisite, especially in the portrayal of the long, black hair fanning over the shoulders."
Hopi carver Aaron Fredericks stated that Pochoema has a great ability to capture movement and flow, whether it is in the regalia or hair of his carving. Some of his awards include 1989-92 O’odham Tash, Casa Grandes AZ; 1991 Best of Class, 1992 Best Concept Carving, 1st, 3rd, Inter-tribal Indian Ceremonial, Gallup, NM; 1996 1st Over 15 inch Katsina Dolls, Hopi Marketplace, Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, AZ. Many other awards have been presented him since these late 1990s ones.
Artist Image Kevin Pochoema Source: Adobe Gallery
Reference: Hopi Katsina: 1,600 Artist Biographies by Gregory and Angie Yan Schaaf.
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