Artist: Art Menchego (b. 1950)Description: Watercolor | Image Size: 14”h x 20”w; Framed Size: 24 1/16”h x 30 1/8”w
Born into the White Cloud Eagle clan at the Santa Ana Pueblo in New Mexico, Art Menchego learned about his culture and traditions from his grandmother. In his youth, he began to record and illustrate those learned and shared experiences. And in 1980, he committed to his craft as full-time, professional artist.
Menchego’s work ranges from contemporary to traditional cultural themes and many of his pieces contain both strong Indian figures and wildlife which purposefully emphasizes the bond between man and nature. Once described as a man of few words but an artist of great expression, Menchego commented that his thoughts run deep, but words seem shallow. Over the years he has won numerous awards for his work at Santa Fe Indian Market, Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial, Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Arts & Crafts Show, and the Red Earth Festival in Oklahoma City.