Michelle Tsosie Sisneros

  • Contemporary painter, jewelry artist and potter
  • Santa Clara/Navajo/Laguna Pueblo
  • Inspired by Pueblo traditions and Mother Earth
  • Subjects include Pueblo women, Yeis, clowns, deer and landscapes
  • SWAIA Helen Hardin Memorial Award
  • Pueblo Grande Museum, Poster Artist Award, 2000
  • Best in Painting, Museum of Northern Arizona

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 accessories, apparel, 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.

Artwork By Michelle Tsosie Sisneros

Michelle Tsosie Sisneros "Four Hummingbirds" Print
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Michelle Tsosie Sisneros "Gathering" Notecard Set
Michelle Tsosie Sisneros Gathering Collection Card Set-Indian Pueblo Store
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Michelle Tsosie Sisneros "Pueblo Collection" Card Set
Michelle Tsosie Sisneros Pueblo Collection Card Set-Indian Pueblo Store
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Michelle Tsosie Sisneros "Earth Collection" Card Set
Michelle Tsosie Sisneros Earth Collection Card Set-Indian Pueblo Store
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Michelle Tsosie Sisneros "Four Sisters Harvest" Print
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Michelle Tsosie Sisneros "Five Sisters" Print
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Michelle Tsosie Sisneros "Honoring Life" Print
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Michelle Tsosie Sisneros "Four Sisters" Print
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Michelle Tsosie Sisneros "Two Sisters Back" Print
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Michelle Tsosie Sisneros "Three Sisters With Hummingbirds" Print
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Michelle Tsosie Sisneros Water's Breath Print
Michelle Tsosie Sisneros Water's Breath Print-Indian Pueblo Store
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Michelle Tsosie Sisneros "Tsikumu Pin" Card, Set of 10
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Michelle Tsosie Sisneros Medium Woman Card Set
Michelle Tsosie Sisneros Medium Woman Card Set - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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Michelle Tsosie Sisneros "Family Reflection" Print
Michelle Tsosie Sisneros Small Family Reflection Print - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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Michelle Tsosie Sisneros "Two Sisters" Print
Michelle Tsosie Sisneros Small Two Sisters Prints - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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Michelle Tsosie Sisneros "Three Sisters" Print
Michelle Tsosie Sisneros Small Three Sisters Prints - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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Michelle Tsosie Sisneros "Peaceful Sight" Print
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