2022 Kevin Red Star Poster

"Indian culture has in the past been ignored to a great extent. It is for me . . . a rich source of creative expression. An intertwining of my Indian culture with contemporary art expression has given me a greater insight concerning my art." - Kevin Red Star

Kevin Red Star s art is honored throughout Native America for its authenticity. It presents a shining vision of centuries-old Crow (Absaroke) culture through the eyes of a thoroughly contemporary consciousness. Red Star grew up on the Crow reservation in southern Montana, a member of a highly creative family. Chosen to be in the first group of students at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe in the late sixties, the school provided him with a learning environment of tribal traditions, world art history, and current trends. Red Star and his fellow students mined their ancient customs for content and then created exciting new forms to provide current relevance. Along with other members of his graduating class, Red Star continued his studies at the San Francisco Art Institute.

2021 Dan Namingha Poster

2021 Dan Namingha Poster

Add this beautiful "New Mexico Summer Moon" artwork by our 2021 featured artist, Dan Namingha, to your collection!

2018 Ed Sandoval Poster

SFW&C Fiesta Featured Artist 2018

2018 Ed Sandoval Signed Poster

SFW&C Fiesta Featured Artist 2018

2019 Ramona Sakiestewa Poster

SFW&C Fiesta Featured Artist 2019

Blue Raven A by Ramona Sakiestewa

2003 Elias Rivera Poster

SFW&C Fiesta Featured Artist 2003

Rivera was born in 1937 in New York City and in 1982, moved to Santa Fe, where he soon established himself as an internationally acclaimed painter. He attended the Art Students League (under the tutelage of Frank Mason), and painted somewhat disturbing canvases of New York’s raw street life.

In his paintings, Rivera explores the colorful costumes and street life of the native populations of Santa Fe, New Mexico; Guatemala, Mexico and Peru.

1993 Lea Bradovich Poster

SFW&C Fiesta Featured Artist 1993

A self-described “portrait wonk,” Bradovich is a bit of a magical realist, a graduate of the University of Minnesota (BFA in painting), Parson’s School of Design, the Pratt Institute (MFA in painting), and the Studio Escalier in Argenton Chateau, France.

As she once said, if delight is sufficient reason to proceed, she will proceed. And so she has. Continuing to produce playful, Renaissance-style figurative and portrait paintings that are often playful as they are allegorical.

1997 Ford Ruthling Poster

SFW&C Fiesta Featured Artist 1997

A Santa Fe native, Ruthling was born in the original St. Vincent Hospital (now the site of the Drury Hotel) in 1933, and passed away in 2015 after a long and varied career in watercolor, tin, wood, clay, iron and paper. His oil paintings of Pueblo Indian pottery were featured on a series of U.S. postage stamps in 1977, and as he liked to say, “Some artists do one thing only, but I like to explore all the possibilities.”

He studied art at The University of New Mexico (under Randall Davey), later enlisted in the Air Force and in 1993 was named a Santa Fe Living Treasure. As he once told a reporter from The New Mexican: “If I can create something for myself — and it’s liked by the public and sells — great. An artist’s first responsibility is to themselves, but hopefully in expressing themselves they will connect to other minds.”

1998 Ramona Sakiestewa Poster

SFW&C Fiesta Featured Artist 1998

Sakiestewa, born in 1948, is a contemporary Native American artist renowned for her tapestries, works-on-paper, and for her public art/architectural installations. In the late 1960s, she traveled to New York City to study at the School of Visual Arts, then returned to the Southwest, where she took a job as an arts administrator at Santa Fe’s Museum of New Mexico.

Largely self-taught as a weaver, Sakiestewa uses prehistoric Pueblo techniques from the American Southwest. In 1994 she was invited to join the architectural design team for the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Mall Museum, Washington, D.C. In 2009 she closed her Santa Fe weaving studio to further develop her works-on-paper and painting and architectural projects.

1999 Ted Rose Poster

SFW&C Fiesta Featured Artist 1999

Ted Rose (1940–2002) specialized in watercolors, in particular, watercolors centering around 20th-century American railroad art. (In 1999, the U.S. Postal Service selected him to paint five locomotives for the “All Aboard” stamp series, and Amtrak picked him as the artist for its 1997, 1998, and 1999 calendars.)

Although he painted plenty in his younger years and majored in art in college, financial necessity more or less forced him to give up painting until 1983. That year, he started painting again, and from then on produced over 1,000 works over the next 20 years, most of which centered on realistic depictions of trains and the railroad.