(1918 - 1998)
Narciso Platero (Ha So Deh) Abeyta was active/lived in New Mexico. Narciso Abeyta is known for modernist figure and Indian genre painting, silversmith.
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The following, submitted September 2001, is from Carole Le Beau.
Biography from Adobe Gallery
Narciso Platero Abeyta
Indian Name: Hoskiel Ha So Deh, Fiercely Ascending
Signature: Ha So Deh, Ha So De
Occupation: silversmith, boxer, job placement interviewer & vocational counselor, interpreter and artist
So De was born Dec. 15, 1918 in Canoncito, New Mexico. He was the
son of Pablita and Narciso Abeyta. He was married to Silvia until
he died of a stroke June 22, 1998, at the age of 79. He had six
children, including artist Tony Abeyta and potter, Elizabeth Abeyta.
was a code talker during World War 11, part of a group of Native
American's that conveyed sensitive encrypted information across enemy
lines in the Pacific. Navajo Code Talkers remained a classified top
secret of World War II until 1968. Although they played an essential
role in the defense in this country, Code Talkers were not recognized
for their heroic contribution until 1981 when President Ronald Reagan publicly
praised them for their dedication to duty and service during the war.
death came five months after the passing of Carl Gorman, the Oldest
Code Talker in World War 11. Gorman's son, R.C. Gorman, sculpted a
monument to the Code Talkers, which can be seen in Phoenix, Arizona..
So De attended the Santa Fe Indian School in 1939, and studied under
Dorothy Dunn. She later selected one of his paintings for the cover of
her book, American Indian Painting. He also had a scholarship to the
Sumerset Art Institute, Williamsburg, Virginia in 1940.
He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Mexico in 1953 and studied under Raymond Jonson.
Murals Commissioned: Santa Fe Social Science
Classroom, 1934; Maisel's Indian Trading Post,
Albuquerque, N.M., 1939.
was a semi-finalist in the Golden Gloves Competition (Boxing) in
Chicago, Illinois in 1953. "It is recorded that Abeyta drew his
first creations on canyon walls. Approximately 32 years later, in 1961,
his work was published in Art in America.
An excellent painter with a unique style, his production has suffered
because of shellshock in World War 11." Jeanne Snodgrass, American Indian Painters,1968
Narciso Platero Abeyta, Ha So De, Fiercely Ascending (1918-1998)
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Ha So De began his art career at the early age of 11 by drawing his
first creations on canyon walls on the Navajo Reservation. By age
32 he was published in Art in America. He developed a markedly
unique style of broad brush strokes and flowing lines, at times
appearing almost nonchalant. He outlined his figures in colorful bands,
reminiscent of multiple borders on the Navajo rugs he must have seen
the women weaving as he grew up on the reservation. He seemed
unconcerned with small detail but only with the sweep and dash of
movement in free spirited scenes. His was a positive art.
Ha So De studied at the Santa Fe Indian School, and after World War II,
at the University of New Mexico, where he studied with the famed
Modernist painter Raymond Jonson. During World War II, he was one of
the famed Code Talkers.
He garnered many prizes for his work, notably at the New Mexico State
Fair, Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, Gallup Ceremonials, at Philbrook
Museum, and the Fine Arts Gallery in San Diego. He has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe.
Southwestern Indian Painting, a Changing Art, by Clara Lee Tanner. University of Arizona Press, 1957.
American Indian Painting of the Southwest and Plains Areas, by Dorothy Dunn. The University of New Mexico Press, 1968.
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