From Michelle Tsosie Sisneros, one of the most highly regarded Native American painters working today, comes a stunning print of her “Small Family Reflection” original painting. Of Santa Clara, Navajo and Laguna descent, Sisneros is inspired by her cultural heritage and the beauties of Mother Earth. Her images are inspired by people who touch her life in a profound way and by Mother Earth. She also writes about each painting she creates to pass on the message to those who take home her pieces.
- Framed matted print by Michelle Tsosie Sisneros (Santa Clara/Navajo/Laguna)
- Titled “Small Family Reflection”
- Matted print measures L: 8 W: 10
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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About the Artist
Michelle Tsosie Sisneros is a highly regarded contemporary artist of Santa Clara, Navajo and Laguna descent. She is primarily a painter but she also creates innovative handcrafted jewelry and pottery. Her painting style is abstract with some surrealist influences, yet her subjects are drawn from traditional Native American themes and include Pueblo women, Yeis, clowns, deer and landscapes. Sisneros’ painting process is extremely slow and deliberate. She begins with a sponge and acrylics, giving her work its signature mottled background, then carefully sketches and paints each figure with great detail. Finally, she embellishes each painting with additional elements, such as handprints, spirals, planets and a speckled finish that she creates with a toothbrush. In her life Sisneros has overcome great adversity, including alcoholism and an abusive husband, and she says of her work, “I paint now from my soul. The images I paint are from the people who touch my life in a profound way and the Mother Earth I live on.” Sisneros is also the illustrator of a children’s book, Kokopelli’s Gift, and has a line of greeting cards, bookmarks, magnets and Christmas ornaments, many of which are hand painted. She grew up in Window Rock, Arizona in the Navajo Nation but now lives in Santa Clara Pueblo.
For centuries the Pueblo people have painted petroglyphs, depicting their relationship with the natural world. Fine art painting is a relatively new medium for Native American artists, first practiced in the early 20th century by young Pueblo artists who drew upon their traditions and Euro-American modernist painting. Pueblo painting has become a vibrant and innovative art form that often depicts contemporary subjects and reaches new audiences. Read our Native American Sculpture and Painting Collector's Guide.