This one-of-a-kind acrylic painting from award-winning Cochiti Pueblo artist Dominic Arquero pays homage to the strength, healing, and protective powers the bear has come to embody in the eyes of many Native Americans of the Southwest. The bear serves as a protector of the people and is revered for his ability to heal the sick and ailing with his touch.
- Original painting by Dominic Arquero (Cochiti Pueblo)
- Titled “Bear Sheild”
- Acrylics on canvasw
- Framed painting measures 30”Wx 40"L”li>
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Hailing from Cochiti Pueblo, Dominic was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico and received his formal education at the Institute of American Indian Arts, where he majored in two-dimensional arts. He received his bachelor's degree in visual arts with a minor in political science at the University of Art and Design. He later became an art instructor at schools in Santa Fe and the District of Columbia. Dominic has participated in many art shows as well as special art exhibitions in Colorado, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, California, Arizona, and throughout New Mexico. He has received many top awards since 1975 and has been included in various art publications. Dominic serves as board member, president, and co-chair on such prestigious organizations as the Santa Fe Council for the Arts and the Native American Artist Association, Inc.
The bear claw represents strength for many Native Americans and has become a widely recognized and enduring symbol of the Southwest. The bear is believed to possess the power to heal the sick and ailing by his presence or his touch.
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.
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