Contemporary Native Art to Russia

This website shows the art and artists involved in the June-July 2012 Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Art and the September-October 2012 Novosibirsk State Museum of Art biennial.

Dan Namingha, Ceremonial Night, lithograph, 1982

Dan Namingha, Butterfly Maiden, lithograph, 1982

Dan Namingha

Born 1950 in Keams Canyon, Arizona, USA

Attended the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA and the

American Academy of Art in Chicago, Illinois, USA

The Hopi-Tewa painter and sculptor Dan Namingha has been showing professionally as an artist for over forty years. Raised on the Hopi reservation in northern Arizona, his work expresses his connection to the landscape and his unwavering respect for the earth and spirit of his ancestry. The presence of the sacred and of ceremony is embedded yet guarded, offering the viewer glimpse of the spirit messengers, the katsinas representing blessings, ancestors and cloud people. In addition to his heritage, is work is influenced by the artwork of Jackson Pollack, Adolph Gottlieb, Michelangelo, Vincent Van Gogh, and Norman Rockwell.

His subject matter has always been intimately linked to spiritual beliefs of the Hopi culture. He incorporates elements of Pueblo symbolism and beliefs about time and space in a Contemporary minimalist manner, using color and symbolism as Hopi in culture. Circles, Squares, Dark Semi Circles, and Bold Lines represent the sun, moon, horizon, corn, and nighttime. The four colors of corn are associated with the four cardinal directions, the seasons, and the cycles of life. The color "black" symbolizes "above", the upper world, and all colors represent "below", the lower world.

Family has always been important to Mr. Namingha. His mother Dextra Nampeyo Quotskuyva and his sister Camille are both instrumental in reviving Hopi pottery, following the example of his great-great-grandmother was Nampeyo, the Hopi potter who restored the art of Hopi pottery-making. He established the Niman gallery in Santa Fe as a place to exhibit his own work, the work of his sons, Arlo and Michael, as well as other contemporary Native artists, both established and new.

 In 1995 Dan Namingha received the New Mexico Governor’s Award of Excellence and Achievement in the Arts; in 2009 he was awarded the Honorary Doctorate of the Institute of American Indian Arts; in 2012 the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ honors him and his sons Arlo and Michael as Artists of the Year with a year-long exhibition.

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