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George Rivera (b. 1964)  Artworks >>

From Pojoaque Pueblo 15 miles north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, George Rivera is a sculptor who is also the lieutenant governor of the Pueblo and has devoted himself to its preservation. He conceived the idea of the Poeh Cultural Center, an adobe complex of more than 50,000 square feet of museum, gallery, studio, and artist demonstration space. He grew up living between his mother at the Pueblo and his father's home in Santa Fe. A high school teacher in Santa Fe helped Rivera gain admission to the Institute of American Indian Arts. He continued his education at the California College of Arts and Crafts. As a young man, Rivera was a teacher assistant at the Lacaste School of Art in the south of France, apprenticing to master Japanese sculptor Mizui. In one semester, he carved seven figures out of marble without using power tools. It was during this time that Rivera conceived the idea of getting many people involved in the arts through a Cultural Center. In 1988, he returned to the Pueblo and, determined to build the Center, received a fellowship at the Center for the American Indian at Chicago's Newberry Library where he set about learning everything he could about his own culture. He has a Korean-born wife, and the couple with their two children work in the studio they built on tribal land. His goal is to keep most of his artwork at the Pueblo. Source

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