Pueblo Pottery Maine

"Ocean Breeze" by Cliff Fragua
Ocean Breeze by Cliff Fragua
Limited Bronze Edition of 30
    20 1/8 inches tall
Your price $2,800
~ Item #NA114

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"The stone speaks to me by its color and sound. I look at the color and the characteristics of the stone, then I tap it to listen for a ringing sound. If it rings, then the stone is solid. I interpret the ringing as singing, hence the name of my studio."

"My connection with the stone involves spirituality and reverence for the spirit that dwells within. It has been on this earth much longer than man and for this reason the stone becomes the teacher, it is simply what my ancestors believe. I am the mediator between the stone and the tools; the stone and the viewer. I visualize what the stone wants to become and I strive to help it blossom.” 

-- Cliff Fragua                        


Paul  Luise & Cliff FraguaNative Pueblo sculptor, Cliff Fragua, has learned the secret of the stone through his cultural and ancestral teachings. Based in Native American themes, his work shows pride for his culture and a deep understanding of the inherent spirituality of the stone. He has chosen stone as his medium of expression because it is a combination of the basic elements of the earth. He feels that the honesty and purity of this most basic of material permits him to express himself from the heart and to express the spirit that Native people respect an revere as embodied in the stone.

Since 1974, when he created his first stone sculpture, Fragua has created a significant body of work that keeps evolving with the artist’s new influences and new interests. His sculptures are featured in such public locations as the Albuquerque International Airport and in permanent collections throughout the country. He has been included in major invitational exhibitions and one-man shows in leading museums and galleries and has earned highest honors and awards for his sculptures.

EDUCATION:

  • Pietrasanta Stone Workshop - Pietrasanta, Italy, 1987
  • San Francisco Art Institute - San Francisco, California, 1974
  • Institute of American Indian Arts - Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1973-1975

WORK EXPERIENCE:

  • Sculpture Instructor, Southwest Stone Carving Symposium, Jemez Springs, New Mexico 1996-1999.
  • Sculpture Instructor, Pueblo of Jemez Dept. of Education, Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico 1995.
  • Art Education Director, Pueblo of Jemez Dept. of Education, Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico 1995.
  • Special Projects Coordinator, Pueblo of Jemez Dept. of Tourism, Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico 1993-1994
  • Owner, Singing Stone Studio, Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico 1979 - ongoing.

SELECTED AWARDS:

  • Indian Artist of the Year Award; Indian Arts & Crafts Association 2005
  • Best of Division, First Award; Heard Museum Indian Market, Phoenix, AZ 2005
  • Recognition of Achievement Award; Eight Northern Indian Pueblos  Arts & Crafts Board 2001
  • Po'pay Commission; Sculpture Commission to represent the State of New Mexico in the National  Statuary Hall at the US Capitol in Washington DC; 2000
  • First Award - Floor Sculpture Category, First Award - Table Sculpture Category; Indian Arts & Crafts Association Show; Albuquerque, NM 1999
  • Best of Show; Native American Artist Invitational; Fountain Hills, AZ 1998
  • Best of Category: Indian Arts and Crafts Association Show - Denver, Colorado 1997.
  • First Award in Marble Category: SWAIA Annual Indian Market - Santa Fe, New Mexico 1995, 1996, 2000
  • People’s Choice Award: Ray Tracey Gallery - Santa Fe, New Mexico 1996.
  • Wheelwright Museum Award for Excellence in Sculpture: SWAIA Annual Indian Market - Santa Fe, New Mexico 1995.

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS:

  • National Statuary Hall, US Capitol Building - Washington DC
  • Museum of Man - San Diego, CA
  • Phoenix City Hall - Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Albuquerque Sunport - Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Albuquerque Museum - Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Indian Pueblo Cultural Center - Albuquerque, New Mexico

ACTIVITIES:

  • President, Indigenous Sculptor Society 2004, 2005
  • Board Member - Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA),1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
  • SWAIA Council of Artist Chair - 2003
  • Vice President - Indigenous Sculptor Society, 2001, 2002, 2003
  • Member - Indigenous Sculptor Society, 2001, 2002, 2003
  • President - Indian Arts & Crafts Association (IACA), 2000
  • Vice-President - Indian Arts & Crafts Association (IACA), 1999
  • Vice-Chairman - Indian Arts and Crafts Foundation (IACA), 1998
  • Artist/Craftspeople Representative - Indian Arts and Crafts Association Board of Directors (IACA), 1998- 2003
  • Treasurer - Towa Arts and Crafts Committee, 1998
  • Chairperson - Towa Arts and Crafts Committee, 1990-1996
  • Coordinator - Jemez Red Rocks Arts & Crafts Show 1990-1997
 
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