Tahoma, Quincy – Native American Artist

Quincy Tahoma (Navajo, 1921-1956)

Quincy Tahoma had a short career, and, after his tragic accidental death at the age of 35, became highly published. Tahoma attended the Albuquerque Indian School from 1936 to 1940 and the Santa Fe Indian School for post-graduate studies. His early work mostly consisted of tranquil scenes of Navajo life, but he eventually changed, and began illustrating gruesome depictions of war and hunts.

Today his work is found in the collections of the Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art, Tulsa, OK, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ, Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation (today the new National Museum of the American Indian), New York, NY, and the Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, AZ among many other locations (Lester 1995: 540-541).

Information courtesy of Cowan’s Auctions Inc. September 2006

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