(1879 - 1918)
Crescencio Martinez was active/lived in New Mexico. Crescencio Martinez is known for ceremonial Indian figure watercolor painting.
Biography Crescencio Martinez
Described as "deserving of the title of founder of the modern school of American Indian painting", Crescencio Martinez had a short but influential life. His ethnicity was both Hopi and Navajo, and he was native to his mother's New Mexico San Ildefonso Pueblo. There he was a decorator of pottery and worked with his wife, Maximiliana, sister of the renowned Maria Martinez. He also worked with Dr. Edgar Hewitt and his School of American Research in the excavation of nearby early Pueblo sites in the Pajarito Plateau, location of Bandelier and Los Alamos.
During one of their 'digs' together in the summer of 1917, Martinez showed his paintings to Hewitt, who immediately praised their uniqueness. He gave Martinez pap
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