Michelle Tsosie Sisneros' print from her original painting “Four Hummingbirds” dances with color and movement. Sisneros is one of the most celebrated contemporary Native painters working today, and brings her Santa Clara, Navajo, and Laguna heritage to all her work. This piece is inspired by the special bond that Michelle shares with nature. Hummingbirds are believed to come back to the mortal world to remind us of who we are.
- Matted print by Michelle Tsosie Sisneros (Santa Clara/Navajo/Laguna)
- Titled “Four Hummingbirds”
- Matted print measures L: 8 W: 10
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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 jewelry 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 on the Navajo Nation, but now lives in Santa Clara Pueblo.
Many Native American artists working today are inspired by the interplay between traditional and contemporary styles. In their work they feel it is important to honor their history, heritage, and culture, including the art forms and techniques passed down through generations of Pueblo families. By mixing and matching techniques, materials, and themes that are contemporary and traditional, they create inspiring work that has made the modern Native American art world extremely vibrant.
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. Read our Native American Sculpture and Painting Collector's Guide.
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