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 Anderson Lee (Andy) Benally  (1954 - )

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Lived/Active: New Mexico/Arizona / Mexico      Known for: Indian figure in landscape, genre painting

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Anderson Benally is best known for his paintings of Indians in what he refers to as "natural settings, colored with a deeply historic overview."  His art reflects his beliefs in the Native American spiritual experience.  His impressionistic landscapes, a blend of realistic and surrealistic images, are filled with the mysticism of dreams, and include totems, bear brothers and shaman visions.  He uses a sprinkling of snowy color on the textured and swirling landscapes.  Most of his paintings include a circle, a depiction of the round shields of the hunters and the hunted.  His use of shades of blue or earth tones, rawhide, leather and feathers reflect his concern with the environment and the products of Indian life.

Benally's most recent achievement is the illustration of the book She Who Watches, published by Binford & Mort Publishing in 1997.  These paintings capture the spirit of the stories of Coyote and a woman chief, Tsagaglalal, based on the petroglyphs along the shore of the Columbia River near Dallesport, Washington.

Anderson Benally was born in 1954 in Crownpoint, New Mexico.  He was raised in the Rough Rock, Arizona region of the Navajo Nation.  He attended the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Academy of Arts, San Francisco.  He received a degree from Eastern Oregon State University.  He also attended graduate school at Rutgers University, working toward a degree in anthropology.

He now resides in Albuquerque, NM and can be found most weekends at the Albuquerque Flea Market where he welcomes visitors to hear his stories and talk about life and art.

Awards include The Collectors Award, Calgary, Canada.  He is listed in Who's Who in American Art, 17th Edition.  He has also been reviewed in New York Art Review, 1990, 4th Edition.  His 1990 painting won the Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Poster award in Gallup, New Mexico



Submitted May, 2010 by Velvet Vieira, friend of the artist.

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