"If the paintings are successful, they should communicate a powerful force, a feeling that is contained in all of us. They are very non-tangible: an idea I have takes on a presence of its own"...Tony Abeyta.
Tony Abeyta, born 1966, knew from very early on that he wanted to be an artist and nothing else. Son of respected Navajo painter Narcisso Abeyta, he had the example set from his father that an skilled artist can make a career with his talents. Growing up in Gallup, New Mexico, rather than on the reservation, was also a factor in directing Abeyta's career.
Abeyta attended the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, earning an Associate Degree in Fine Arts. With the help of a Ford Foundation grant, he then traveled to the south of France to study sculpture. Further studies took him to Florence, Italy. Despite his affection for Europe, Abeyta chose to return to the United States and to study painting in the graduate program at the Chicago Art Institute.
Abeyta views his imagery as intercultural, created out of the experiences of his own life. The creative use of textures, particularly sand, colors and themes are all evidence in Abeyta's paintings. The artist currently lives and paints in Taos, New Mexico.
1998 Cline Fine Art Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1997 Native Abstraction, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Santa Fe, NM
1997 Reinventions/Departures, Cline Fine Art Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1997 Water, Owings-Dewey Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
1996 US Artists '96, Philadelphia, PA
1995 Group Exhibition, Munich, Germany
1994 Narcisso & Tony Abeyta, Wheelright Museum, Santa Fe, NM
1994 J. Cacciola Galleries, New York, NY
1993 Indian Market Exhibition, Santa Fe, NM
1992 Alumni Exhibition, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM
1991 Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
1987 One Person Show, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM
1987 Print Exhibition, Pembroke University, North Carolina
1985 Governor's Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1985 Navajo Community College, Tsaile, AZ
as a career. He studied at the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe