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 Stan Natchez  (1954 - )

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: modernist Indian genre painting, teaching

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BIOGRAPHY for Stan Natchez
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1954 (Shoshini-Paiute Reservation, California)
 
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California

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A member of the Shoshoni/Paiute Indian tribes, Stan Natchez is a painter, writer, dancer and teacher.  He grew up in the Los Angeles area with the cultural and philosophical influence of urban living and with an intellectual family atmosphere where his father, a scholar, wrote a book on the connections between Jungain and Native American symbolism.  Inspired by his family to focus on education, Stan Natchez has said that ‘in a white man’s world, if you want to succeed, you go to college'.  He earned a B.S. degree from the University of Southern California and then became a teacher, serving as Humanities Department Chair at the Orme School in Arizona and teaching art in several public schools.   Currently (2010) he is Editorial Advisor and Education Coordinator for the Native Peoples Magazine

With his upbringing in urban southern California, Sanchez believes this gave him a good perspective on modern life.  However, he also has reached out to his own Native American culture so that he could find good balance by taking the best of both worlds.  For knowledge of his Indian culture, he found enlightenment through participation in ceremonies.  He discovered that the traditional ceremonies of the Paiutes and Shoshonis had disappeared, but from other Indians he developed an appreciation because he was invited to share with them, which in turn gave him a stronger sense of cultural self-esteem.

A widely performing dancer of traditional Native American works, Natchez performed throughout Europe and the United States, and has found the creative expression that has sustained him and that led him to painting.  He gives major credits for his eye for color to the appreciation of the beadwork he found necessary when creating his dancing regalia.

Of his painting he feels very strongly that taking the best of both worlds---structured and creative, traditional and modern, spiritual and materialistic---is the best way to achieve harmony needed to excel as well as survive today.  In terms of his art, Natchez feels equally strongly about communicating contemporary Native American philosophy that has been purged of any romantic or stereotypical idealism.  Instead, the viewer is exposed to traditional teaching and contemporary cultural doctrines. As Natchez says, "I paint the life I live and so every painting I do is, in some way, a self-portrait. My art is about you and the way I respond. That is my experience...my experience is my art...and art is my life." (Artistic Gallery)

Exhibition venues include Indian Market in Santa Fe.

Sources:
Artistic Gallery
Four Winds Gallery
Patrick Lester, The Biographical Directory of Native American Painters


Biography from Cooper's Art Gallery & Brokerage:
Stan Natchez (1954-)

• Native American Heritage – ShoShoni/Paiute of Tatavian descent
• Raised in the San Fernando Valley
• Principal works are mixed media on canvas.

• Stan Natchez is known for his innovative and vivid multi-media paintings, which are intended to exude the power of color and familiar objects.   His work is inspired by Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and T.C. Cannon.

• In addition to being an artist, Mr. Natchez is a legal advocate for the Native American community.

• For twelve years, Mr. Natchez participated in the Sun Dance in South Dakota. This ceremony dates back at least 300 years. Dancers circle a tree trunk and pray for spiritual rebirth and earth regeneration.

• In his works of art, he feels strongly about communicating contemporary Native American philosophy that has been purged of any romantic or stereotypical idealism. “I paint the life I live and so every painting, in some way, is a self-portrait.”

• Solo Exhibitions include…
Union Club, Frankfurt, Germany
Merrill Lynch, Munich, Germany

• Group Exhibitions include…
Native American Images, Raymond-James Financial Art Collection, Eckerd College
Metropolitan Art Institute, Washington, DC
Autry National Center, Los Angeles
Words Rockwell Museum of Art, Corning, NY
The Museum of the American Indian, New York
Southwest Museum, Los Angeles

• Mr. Natchez’ works have been featured in publications including Whole Life Times, Focus/Santa Fe, Santa Fe New Mexican

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