An acrylic painting created by San Felipe artist Fernando Padilla features an elk in a natural scene.
The colorful painting is titled "A Fourteener" in honor of the Colorado peaks that reach or exceed 14,000 feet.
- Original painting by Fernando Padilla (San Felipe/Navajo)
- Titled “Blue Deer Fantasy”
- Acrylics, wood, stone
- Painting measures 15-5/8" high” x 13-3/8" wide x 3-1/4” long
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Fernando Padilla, Jr. (b. July 29, 1958) is a Native American artist. His father was full-blood San Felipe Pueblo, and his mother is Navajo and Apache. Padilla is enrolled with the San Felipe Pueblo, and is listed as half San Felipe and half Navajo.
Padilla was born in Huntington Park, California. He grew up in various places in New Mexico and Arizona due to his father's job with the U.S. Forestry Service. Padilla moved to Oklahoma in 1978, and still lives there to date. Best known for his painting of the Southwestern landscapes and Pueblo life, Padilla also creates multi-dimensional artwork, sculpture, and jewelry.
Padilla graduated from Rio Grande High School in Albuquerque, NM in 1976. He also attended college in Albuquerque, and later transferred to Bethany Nazarene College in Bethany, Oklahoma in 1978. His pieces are on permanent public display in many places. “Spirit of the People” – Denver International Airport (Permanent Exhibit) Selected as one of ten artists by Western American Indian Chamber to create site-specific work for the Denver International Airport. Chosen to illustrate Native American life during the Ancestral Pueblo (formerly referred to as Anasazi) period, Padilla’s mural shows a panoramic view of a cliff-dwelling community (1992).
Since time immemorial, Pueblo communities have celebrated seasonal cycles through prayer, song, and dance. Whereas butterfly dances celebrate spring and corn dances bring blessings upon young crops in the summer, winter dances involving deer, pronghorn, and bison prepare participants for the hunting season by connecting their spirits to those of these honored animals.
For centuries the Pueblo people have created petroglyphs and 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 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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