Abstract Masks

Michelle Tsosie Naranjo

Abstract Masks, Paintings by Michelle Tsosie Naranjo
  • Navajo painting
  • Abstract Masks
Marked Down $350.00
Gallery Price $600.00
Abstract Masks
Michelle Tsosie Naranjo
Mixed media on paper
Sight size
10" height X 14 3/4" width
Two Alpha mat boards, regular glass, wood molding with gold gilded sight edge
Frame size
19 1/2" height X 23 1/2" width
"M. Tsosie" at viewer's lower right
Date of creation
Circa 1990
Excellent, as appeared framed, glazed
AP Fenderson, acquired from Heard Museum shop November 1997
About The Abstract Masks

There are stylized feather designs around two circular elements at left of center.

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 #1, Paintings by Michelle Tsosie Naranjo
  • Untitled #2, Paintings by Michelle Tsosie Naranjo
  • Untitled #3, Paintings by Michelle Tsosie Naranjo
  • Shades of Mauve Horse & Rider, Paintings by Michelle Tsosie Naranjo

American Indian, Women Artists, Navajo




American Indians


Michelle Tsosie Naranjo, Navajo painting, Abstract Masks