Born 1947, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
BFA in Studio Art, 1971, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California, USA
MFA in Painting, 1971, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California, USA
The painter and printmaker Linda Lomahaftewa, an enrolled member of the Hopi and the Choctaw tribes, began her art studies at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA where she was one of the first students to attend this newly developed school for Native Students in 1962 when it served high school students. She has taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, California State College, Sonoma, California, and University of California, Berkeley, Currently, she teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
Trained as a painter, Ms. Lomahaftewa uses bold geometric shapes to capture the beauty and feeling of the Southwestern sunset, using bright colors to convey a sense of liveliness to the land. Other works explore the types of images found in the petroglyphs near her home in Santa Fe and in the kiva (Pueblo ceremonial structures) painted murals from the ruins at Awatovi, an historic Hopi site. These abstract images reference her cultural background. As Ms. Lomahaftewa stated, “when I explain to people what those murals are, then I’m talking about my background, I’m talking about Hopi, and even where the murals come from, how they came to be, and how this particular village was destroyed during the Pueblo Revolt, that kind of thing…because my paintings contain the history of my people. I still work within the Hopi culture but I put my own angle on it.”
Throughout her career she has won numerous awards, her work has been exhibited through out the United States, and internationally such as South America, New Zealand, Germany, United Kingdom, Canada, and Russia.
Lomahaftewa’s works are represented in numerous private and public collections, including: the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA; The Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, USA; and The James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA.