Sunface Dancer

Gilbert Atencio

Sunface Dancer, Paintings by Gilbert Atencio
  • Atencio painting
Savvy Price $3,600.00
Gallery Price $4,800.00
Sunface Dancer
Gilbert Atencio
Watercolor on paper
Sight size
21 1/4" height X 14 1/4" width
Two non-archival window mats, regular glass, dark wood molding with antiqued gold sight edge.
Frame size
28 3/4" height X 21 3/4" width
"Gilbert Atencio" at viewer's lower left
Date of creation
Circa 1970
Excellent, as appeared framed, glazed
Bo Ba
About The Sunface Dancer

Gilbert Atencio as well as Joe Herrera had two (2) distinct styles of painting.  Each started with a more traditional approach, often referred to as the Dorothy Dunn style.  Later each embraced a more contemporary approach, incorporating abstraction with respect to their background treatments and to some degree their figurative elements. 

Many collectors prefer to include an example of both styles in their collections.  Typically the artists' contemporary paintings are priced higher than each artist's earlier work. 

About Gilbert Atencio

(1930-1995) Gilbert Atencio was born in Colorado and raised at San Ildefonso pueblo in New Mexico, before going to high school in Santa Fe. He is a nephew of the renowned potter, Maria Martinez. In addition to being a painter, Atencio also applied his abilities to being a medical and technical illustrator.

His work is in major collections including at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, the School of American Research in Santa Fe, the Philbrook Art Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Institute of American Indian Art and the Museum of Northern Arizona.

Gilbert Atencio is cited in Southwest Indian Painting by Tanner, American Indian Painting by Dunn, Pueblo Indian Painting by Brody, Biographical Directory of American Indian Painters by Lester, When the Rainbow Touches Down by Seymour, American Indian Painters A Biographical Directory by Snodgrass and the Biographical Directory of American Indian Painters by Lester.

Other Works By Gilbert Atencio:
  • Gathering Kindling with A Friend, Paintings by Gilbert Atencio
  • Mother and Child Facing Yellow Butterfly, Paintings by Gilbert Atencio

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