(1895 - 1955)
Awa (Alfonso Roybal) Tsireh was active/lived in New Mexico, Arizona. Awa Tsireh is known for painter-animal, figural native symbols.
Biography Awa Tsireh
From San Ildefonso Pueblo, Alfonso Roybal (Awa Tsireh) was
many things to his pueblo; he was a farmer, pottery painter, museum
employee, painter and silversmith. He was born in 1898 and died
Awa Tsireh was painting before 1917. He was the oldest of the
early group of pueblo painters. His formal education had not
extended beyond primary grades. He was versatile in his styles of
painting. He was equally comfortable with representational or
semi-realistic, representational plus conventional, and abstract.
Awa Tsireh was early recognized beyond his native world as an
outstanding Indian artist. His watercolors were sent by
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