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Andy Abeita |
Andy Abieta is a member of the Isleta Pueblo tribe. At the age of 19, and with no formal training, Andy began carving stone with only his hands, a rasp, and a small grinding wheel attached to an old air conditioning motor. "I began to carve to express my understanding and love of our traditional life and my appreciation of the beauty of our natural surroundings. My stone carvings are a way to share with others beautiful memories captured forever in stone. A simple ear of corn reminds me to cherish and protect the beautiful gifts of nature. The bear represents the power and spirit of my grandfather."
For the past decade, Andy´s wife and partner, Roberta, has added the final touches to his sculptures and fetishes, adding a feather or a stone to give each piece a unique character. Andy says that his work has pointed his wife and him in a direction that directly affects the heart and soul of his people throughout the country. "We have found that in the sharing of our culture, its ideas and philosophies, we have hit hard in a place of the souls of many that have become lost within the confines of contemporary society. It is inspiring to know that there are so many people in the world who are becoming interested in our Native American ways."
Andy is a lecturer on Native American culture and art at such institutions as the Heard Museum Guild, Chicago Academy of Arts, Cornell University, Rockwell Museum, and the Native American Art Council.
Partial list of honors and awards
1996 Best of Show and 1st Place Sculpture, Pasadena Indian Market
1994 1st and 2nd Place Sculpture, Intertribal Indian Ceremonial
1991 1st Place Sculpture, AIAC
1989 1st Place Sculpture, NMSF
1988 Honorable Mention Sculpture, Red Earth
1987 1st Place and Honorable Mention, Pasadena Indian Market
1986 2nd Place Sculpture, NMSF
1985 1st Place Sculpture, Intertribal, Indian Ceremonial
1983 1st and 2nd Place Sculpture, NMSF
1982 1st Place Sculpture, NMSF
Partial list of collectors
President and Mrs. Gerald Ford
Senator Kelly Haney, Oklahoma
Ambassadors from Holland, France, Japan, Algeria, and Norway
Orion Studios on behalf of Kevin Costner
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