In his bold color palette and award-winning style, Jemez Pueblo artist George Toya shares this highly detailed framed acrylic painting featuring a bold Sunface at the center with layers of traditional and meaningful element including dragonflies, tadpoles, and Pueblo stars designs throughout.
Utilizing everything from quill pens to watercolor brushes to his fingers as tools, Toya says, “I draw and paint because it is a part of my life that is essential for existence. When a piece is going well, time seems to have no meaning and everything else, no matter how important, doesn’t really matter. Energy is flowing and total contentment is achieved."
- Original painting by George Toya (Jemez Pueblo)
- Acrylic on canvas
- Painting measures 11” long x 14” wide
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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About the Artist
At the age of 10, George Toya knew he wanted to be an artist. While perusing books in the library of the San Diego Mission School at Jemez Pueblo, NM, he was so inspired by the work of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo that he decided then and there to hone his drawing skills. Some 40 years later, Toya has perfected those skills and is not only a professional artist, but a prolific one.
Toya’s home and cultural base, Jemez Pueblo, inspires and informs his work, as well. Traditional Pueblo symbols for the sun, moon and stars, among others, overflow with the vibrant colors so often seen in New Mexican skies and landscapes. More abstract interpretations of meaningful shapes take flight on canvas through Toya’s strong graphics and bold use of color. His pieces are one part fantasy, one part reality, and always filled with a narrative waiting to be discovered.
A regular participant in art fairs, Toya has won awards at the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Arts and Crafts Show, the Tulsa Indian Art Festival, the Dallas Indian Art Market, and more. His paintings have been selected for the posters for both the American Indian Arts Alliance Show in Scottsdale, AZ and the Albuquerque Indian Market in Albuquerque, NM. He was honored with a one-man show, “Pueblo 3D,” at the Poeh Museum in Pojoaque, NM in 2007. Toya’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Poeh Museum, the Bernie Figenbaum and Sheila Klebanow Collection in New York City, and in numerous private collections in Sweden, England, Germany, Japan, Canada, and the United States.
For centuries the Pueblo people have painted pictographs 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 own 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.
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