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Tony Abeyta (b. 1965)

Autumnal Landscape, d. 2020, oil on canvas, 22 x 29 inches

December 22, 2020

Born in Gallup, New Mexico, Tony Abeyta began his career as a traditional Navajo painter before branching out in ways that defy easy categorization. The son of an esteemed Navajo painter and a weaver- ceramicist of Pennsylvania Quaker stock, Tony Abeyta’s formative influences were grounded in art, but he never envisioned becoming a professional artist. This changed after coming to Santa Fe to attend the Institute of American Indian Art, where he found ample evidence that one could make a living as a professional artist. After earning his associate degree, Abeyta took up study in the south of France and, later, Italy to hone his skills. Although his artistic journey was profoundly shaped by his time in Europe, Abeyta found himself compelled to return to his native New Mexico. Like other visionaries before him, Abeyta derives much of his inspiration from the natural beauty around him. Using a variety of media—including oil, charcoal, and sand—the highly acclaimed young contemporary artist strives to evoke “the emotional experience one finds in the New Mexico landscape.” Although a self-proclaimed regionalist, Abeyta is arguably among the most dynamic and prolific contemporary artists today. Painting remains his primary medium, but he has also taken up the art of jewelry making. Abeyta’s works are represented in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the Boston Fine Arts Museum, the Heard Museum in Phoenix, the New Mexico Fine Arts Museum, the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, and the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis as well as in other public museums and numerous private collections.

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Tony Abeyta (b. 1965) Autumnal Landscape, d. 2020, oil on canvas, 22 x 29 inches

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