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The nephew of world reknown potter Maria Martinez, Gilbert Benjamin Atencio was born in 1930 in Greeley, CO. Gilbert was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. Gilbert seldom ventured far from his native San Ildefonso pueblo, due to a strong sense of family & tribal responsibility. Gilbert lived in Santa Fe, NM. Gilbert died in April 1995. A painter, ceramist & a medical & technical illustrator, Gilbert's choice of medium was watercolor & clay. Gilbert was inspired by the stories his aunts told him about their lives. Gilbert believed in traditional Indian ways. His favorite subjects were ceremonial figures & the ceremonies & other scenes of Pueblo life. Initially, Gilbert painted in a traditional flat style of painting, but by the 1980's he was experimenting with adaptations of a more abstract or semi-abstract style of painting. Gilbert exhibited extensively & won numerous awards at the Hastings College Art Center, the Arizona State Museum, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco - California Palace of the Legion of Honor, the Heard Museum, the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market, the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonials, the Laguna Gloria Art Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Owensboro Museum of Fine Arts, the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, the Museum of New Mexico, the Oklahoma Museum of Art, the Philbrook Museum of Art, Harvard University's Peabody Museum, the Scottsdale National Indian Art Exhibition & the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Reference: www.nativeartsofamerica.com

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