The image depicted in this work depicts women making large decorated ollas. Ma Pe Wi was from Zia Pueblo in New Mexico and these are probably Zia women, although they could also be from Acoma Pueblo. The painting shows the firing process and some finished pots at lower right.
This is all painted with wonderful detail and elegance, and it may have been made for a mural or illustration. It is a relatively large work for this artist.AGE: 1930's - 1940's. SIZE: Painting - 14.25" x 21.5" / Frame - 15.5" x 23". CONDITION: The painting is in excellent condition with no damage or restoration.
The frame has light wear. Ma Pe Wi is a very important Native American artist. He was born in 1902 at the Zia Pueblo in New Mexico and went to school in Santa Fe. He started painting around 1917.
With Awa Tsireh, Ma Pe Wi painted under the sponsorship of the School of American Research. In the late 1930s, he taught painting at the Albuquerque Indian Schoolan in 1939 was commissioned to create a series of murals for the Department of the Interior in Washington, D. Another Pueblo artist described Ma Pe Wi, as the "singing artist" because as he drew, Ma Pe Wi would sing songs appropriate for the ceremony he was depicting. He gave permission to the state of New Mexico to adapt his design of the Zia sun symbol for use as the state logo. The red design on a yellow field can be seen on the state flag, seal, and license plates.
He has illustrated many books and exhibited his paintings in numerous important shows, galleries, and museums all over the world. His works are held in important private collections and museums such as, the Smithsonian Museum, The Museum of the American Indian, New York, The Denver Art Museum, and many others.
Ma Pe Wi's original paintings are rare and valuable. This piece will be a museum quality addition to any collection of Native American Art and will display beautifully in any Mid Century Modern, Eames Era, Art Deco, Modernist, Southwest, or Arts and Crafts decor.Look carefully at all the photos to view the details and condition of the piece. This object comes from a smoke-free, pet-free environment. The item "Native American Painting by Ma Pe Wi Velino Herrera / Zia Pottery Olla Makers" is in sale since Monday, April 17, 2017. This item is in the category "Art\Art from Dealers & Resellers\Paintings". The seller is "antiques-art" and is located in Ben Lomond, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.