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Artwork by Dolona Roberts

1 artwork currently available by Dolona Roberts.

About the Artist

"Born in 1936 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Roberts has had a life-long fascination with the history and life of the Pueblo Indians which inspired her to become an artist.
She studied art at the Colorado Fine Art Center in Colorado Springs from 1955 to 1957 and at the University of New Mexico from 1957 to 1959.  Most influential on her work were her teachers  at the University of New Mexico, abstract expressionist Elaine de Kooning, impressionist Randall Davey, Taos artist Kenneth Adams, and Santa Fe artist Jozef Bakos. 

Guided by her Native American heritage (she is part Cherokee) and by a fascination for color, she created her internationally exhibited Blanket series of pastel paintings.  Large  canvases are inhabited by images of blanketed Indian women seen from the back in geometric patterns in vivid, bold colors.  

Roberts has created several long series in an expressionist style, turning more and more to the abstract as her work progressed.  With her Tablita Vision series of the headdresses of New Mexico Pueblo dancers, she, as her biographer Louise Turner states, "has continued to progress in the direction of abstracted symbol and the literal objects symbolized."  

Since 1999 her work embodies more animal imagery, as evidenced by the appearance of the snake.  In Roberts' own words: "To this artist, painting the Serpent is a powerful participation of a Myth.  The Serpent is symbolized by curves, patterns of light and dark in glistening paint.  The infinite subject.  The limitless composition.  A perpetual mystery."

Exhibitions and Awards:
1959 Prize for book illustrations, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1960 Grand Prix Paris, Paris, France
1961 Prize, Oklahoma Art Center
1974 Prize, Art Exhibit Arizona
1981 Artist of the Year, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Exhibition at the Grand Palais, Salon Noel, Paris
1985 Honored Artist, the White House, Washington, D.C.
1988 Exhibitions in Paris, France, Geneva, Switzerland, Berlin, Germany
1990 Exhibitions in Sidney, Australia, Basel, Switzerland
1992 Exhibition Gallery Calumet, Heidelberg, Germany
1999 SAP Art Exhibition, Walldorf, Germany

Numerous other exhibitions in the U.S., Australia, Italy, France, Switzerland, and Germany."  taken from AskArt.com