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Joe Waano-Gano

 (1906 - 1982)
Joe Waano-Gano was active/lived in California.  Joe WaanoGano is known for landscape and Indian figure painting, textile design, commercial art.

Biography  
Joe Waano-Gano


Biography from the Archives of askART

A Cherokee, Noonan moved to Los Angeles at an early age. He studied art locally at UCLA, USC, and with Theodore Lukits and Christian Von Schneidau. An auto accident in 1961 left him unable to paint; however, he continued to lecture and write on the art of the American Indian. He was a resident of Los Angeles until his death on Sept. 1, 1982.   His Indian name was Joe Waano-Gano.

Member: Calif. Art Club; San Fernando Valley AA.

Exh: LA Co. Fair, 1927 (1st prize); Kern Co. Fair, 1929 (prize); Century of Progress Expo (Chicago), 1933; LACMA, 1940 (1st solo), 1946; Exposition Bldg (LA), 1943; Gardena High School, 1946 (prize); LA City Hall, 1946; Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1947-65.

In: Gardena (CA) High School. Murals: Sherman Indian Inst. (Riverside); LA General Hospital; Western Airlines (SF).

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Who's Who in California 1942; Who's Who in American Art 1947-70; Artists of the American West (Samuels).

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Biography from the Archives of askART
A Cherokee Indian painter, Joe Waano-Gano settled in Los Angeles where he was primarily a landscape painter in pastel and oil and exhibited at the California Art Club, San Fernando Valley Art Club, and Los Angeles City Hall. He lectured on Indian life, created Indian designs for textiles, and executed murals in Rapid City, South Dakota and in San Francisco.

Waano-Gano was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 3, 1906 and studied at the Los Angeles Academy of Fine Arts, the Christian von Schneidau Art School from 1924 to 1928, the University of Southern California and with illustrator Dean Cornwell.


Sources include:
Jeanne Snodgrass, American Indian Painters
Peggy and Harold Samuels, Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West
Social Security Death Index


Biography from the Archives of askART
Born in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 3, 1906.  A Cherokee Indian, Gano had settled in Los Angeles by the early 1930s.  He studied there at the Academy of Fine Art, USC, and with Christian von Schneidau, Theodore Lukits, and Hanson Puthuff.   In 1934 he was on the Public Works of Art Project.

He died in Los Angeles on Sept. 1, 1982.

Member: Calif. Art Club; San Fernando AA.

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Social Security Death Index


Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.


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About  Joe Waano-Gano

Born:  1906 - Salt Lake City, Utah
Died:   1982 - Los Angeles, California
Known for:  landscape and Indian figure painting, textile design, commercial art

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