Shades of Mauve Horse & Rider

Michelle Tsosie Naranjo

Shades of Mauve Horse & Rider, Paintings by Michelle Tsosie Naranjo
  • Navajo painting
  • Shades of Mauve Horse & Rider
Marked Down $1,500.00
Gallery Price $2,500.00
Shades of Mauve Horse & Rider
Michelle Tsosie Naranjo
Waterbased pigment on paper
Paper size
15" height X 17 1/2" width
Triple window mat, regular glass, brown wood molding
Frame size
24 1/2" height X 27" width
"So Whu Wan Tung ©" at viewer's lower right
Date of creation
Circa 1995
Excellent, as appeared framed, glazed
AP Fenderson, acquired at Christie's auction (November 1997)
About The Shades of Mauve Horse & Rider

Naranjo's lyrical line quality draws you into a sweeping circle, while leading you to wonder about the painting's inspiration.

One reviewer wrote :

"Michelle Tsosie Naranjo’s delicate watercolors possess a mystery and magic that doesn’t reek of forced spirituality. Her curious, abstracted mask forms float ambiguously on sheets of handmade rice paper, textured and saturated with deep blue and magenta pigments."

About Michelle Tsosie Naranjo

Born in Albuquerque in 1959, Michelle is the daughter of Carol and Paul Tsosie (Navajo).  Her marriage to a Santa Clara man shifted her orientation to Espanola, an urban center in the heart of the Rio Grande Pueblos, impacting the subject matter of her paintings.

In July 1989 she was awarded the Best of Fine Arts at the Fortieth Navajo Show at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Her work was included in an exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Man titled "Paths Beyond Tradition" (May 20-September 4. 1989).

Naranjo's work is in the permanent collection of the Heard Museum and she has won several First place awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market, as well as the Patrick Swazo Hinds Memorial Award for the most Promising Painter in 1981.

An artist featured in Patricia Broder's impressive publication Earth Songs, Moon Dreams Paintings by American Indian Women,we are told of the Naranjo's involvement with fashion as well as art.  


Other Works By Michelle Tsosie Naranjo:
  • Dancing for the Rain Gods, Paintings by Michelle Tsosie Naranjo
  • Maiden Masks, Paintings by Michelle Tsosie Naranjo
  • Untitled #2, Paintings by Michelle Tsosie Naranjo
  • Abstract Masks, Paintings by Michelle Tsosie Naranjo

American Indian, Navajo, Women Artists




American Indians, Horses, Female


Michelle Tsosie Naranjo, Navajo painting, Shades of Mauve Horse & Rider