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A Navajo painter and muralist, Quincy Tahoma was also one of the Indian Code Talkers, who played such a critical part in the winning of World War II in the Pacific. He was born near Tuba City, Arizona and given the name Tahoma, which in Navajo means "Water Edge". Early in his career, his paintings were serene and soothing in tone, but increasingly they had subject matter of bloody wars and men killing animals. He attended the Albuquerque Indian School from 1936 to 1940, and did post- graduate work at the Santa Fe Indian School where he developed his unique painting style with pastoral landscapes. He served overseas in World War II with the United States Army, and then worked a short time as a painter in Hollywood movie studios. As a full-time artist, he set up his studio in Santa Fe, but he died at age 35, a life shortened by alcoholism and the accusation that he raped a white woman. His paintings have a special "signature" that shows the "end" of that particular painting--i.e., a painting of a young girl standing by a horse might have in Tahoma's signature block a tiny picture showing the girl riding the horse. Source askart.com

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