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Indian artist Gilbert Atencio primarily works in the traditional manner of his native San Ildefonso pueblo. Atencio was born in 1930 and by the age of seventeen he was painting and selling accomplished works of art. He graduated from the Santa Fe Indian School in 1947, and by 1949 he had been awarded six first prizes, six second prizes and five third prizes in various exhibitions. During the 50's and 60's, he had increased his places of exhibition and he has won considerable prizes. Outstanding awards received at this time include: Philbrook, Grand Award in 1954; Scottsdale, Arizona, special award in 1965, and first in 1962 and 1963; the Gallup show, first in 1965 and second in 1967; the Mary Benjamine Rogers prize in 1962 at the Museum of New Mexico, Albuquerque State Fair, and others. Atencio's drawing is composed of consistently fine neat outlines, and often there is much delicate modeling and shading. Exquisite detail may be considered a hallmark of his style. His subject matter has centered about ceremonial and secular life in the village, and whether realistically or abstractly rendered, many of his works are rich with symbolism, carefully held within the overall design to become an integral part of the whole through his use color or just line from the intense to the subtle. Atencio is well represented in permanent collections, including, among others, that of the Indian Bureau in Washington, DC, New Mexico Fine Art Museum, Philbrook Art Center, Museum of American Indian Art in Heidelburg, Germany, Heard Museum in Phoenix. His consistent high quality and artistic integrity has insured the respected place his paintings and original lithographs have in numerous private collections. Source

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