JOHNSON ANTONIO

(b. 1931) Lake Valley, NM

After years of railroad work, Johnson Antonio became a sheep and goat herder in the sparsely populated Bisti region of northern New Mexico. In his early fifties, he began carving small figures out of cottonwood. Because these were “secular” figures (representations of people in his community, not “Santos”), he broke a long-held Navajo taboo, but felt compelled to reflect his local people and culture in his work. His work is in the permanent collections of the American Folk Art Museum in New York, the National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC and the International Museum of Folk Art in Santa Fe.

 

MAN WITH PIPE AND DOG

38.25” x 10.5” x 8.5”

mixed media on cottonwood

An atypically large example!

 

MAN WITH MELON

1994

10” x 3” x 3”

mixed media on cottonwood