Abel (Oqwa Pi) Sanchez
(1899 - 1971)
Abel (Oqwa Pi) Sanchez was active/lived in New Mexico. Abel Sanchez is known for Indian genre and mural painting.
Abel Sanchez, also known as Oqwa Pi (Red Cloud), was born in 1899 at
San Ildefonso Pueblo in northern New Mexico. He was educated at
Santa Fe Indian School, studying art under Dorothy Dunn. He was
later commissioned to paint murals for the school.
Abel Sanchez returned to San Ildefonso where he was a farmer and
painter, married, and had a large family. He was held in high regard by
the people of his pueblo and was elected governor of San Ildefonso for
In his later years he and his wife lived in Santa Fe. He died at the Los Alamos Medical Center in 1971.