This original sculpture from world famous sculptor Cliff Fragua will elevate any collection of fine art. Aptly titled “Elegance in Her Stride," the piece is a masterful vision of elegance carved in Italian alabaster. Characterized by strong, fluid lines, the sculpture depicts a beautiful woman whose long hair flows gracefully down to her feet. The woman’s brilliantly polished robe allows the rich natural colors of alabaster, from warm honey tones to ivory, to shine through. This distinguished and inspiring work from award-winning sculptor Cliff Fragua will become the centerpiece of any art collection.
- Original sculpture handcrafted by Clifford Fragua (Jemez Pueblo)
- Titled “Elegance in Her Stride”
- Italian Alabaster
- Sculpture measures 20-1/2” x 3-1/2”
- Oval base of polished black marble measures 4-1/2” x 8”
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Clifford Fragua of Jemez Pueblo is an internationally acclaimed sculptor known for his graceful work in stone and bronze. He was awarded one of the most prestigious commissions for a sculptor in the United States when he was asked to create a piece representing the state of New Mexico for the National Statuary Hall in the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. His marble statue of Popé, the leader of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, is the only work by a Native American artist in the collection.
Stone is Fragua’s preferred medium. He sees it as an honest and pure material combining basic elements of the earth, allowing him to express the spirit of the Pueblo people. He honors tradition in all of his work, choosing themes that represent and reflect his pride in Pueblo culture.
Fragua comes from a family of famed artists, and his mother Juanita and sisters, Glendora and Betty Jean, are highly respected Pueblo potters. He attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe in the 1970s, where he studied with legendary Apache sculptor Allen Houser. Fragua has won Best in Pottery at Heard Indian Market and awards from Santa Fe Indian Market, the Wheelwright Museum and the Native American Artist Invitational. His sculpture appears at the Albuquerque International Airport and in many other public locations. In 2005 he was named Indian Artist of the Year by the Indian Arts and Crafts Association.See Featured Artist Page
In Clifford Fragua’s original sculpture, the beautiful woman depicted is a vision of elegance and strength. The long hair that flows gracefully down to her feet represents rain, while her shell necklace represents the Pueblo way of life. Fragua honors and celebrates the Pueblo way of life in all of his work.
For centuries Native American artist have been creating sculptures and fetishes for sacred and ceremonial use. For the Pueblo people, these were often figurines created from stone, wood or clay. Sculpture using material like alabaster, limestone and marble is a relatively new art form for Native artists, first practiced in the second half of the 20th century. In addition, a growing number of artists are creating beautiful works in glass. In creating their groundbreaking contemporary work, these artists still honor and celebrate their culture by drawing from traditional themes, forms and designs. Many of the most noted Native American sculptors and glass artists working today have studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.Read our Native American Sculpture and Painting Collector's Guide.
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