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 Louis (Wo Peen) Gonzales  (1907 - 1990)

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Lived/Active: New Mexico / Mexico      Known for: mural and Indian motif easel painting, pottery, singing

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A ceremonial dancer, singer, and governor of the San Ildefonso Pueblo, Luis Gonzalez was also a potter, painter in oil and tempera, and pioneering Pueblo muralist.  Among his artworks is a mural series, Pueblo of Seven Fires, at the YMCA College in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

Known also by the name of Wo Peen, meaning Medicine Mountain, he is considered one of the early artists that made up the "San Ildefonso School" and in the mid to late 1950s, was known for his dramatic paintings of powerful horses.

From 1944 to 1945, he was Governor of his Pueblo, although he lived much of his life in Santa Fe.

He was a model for sculptor Philip Sears, also did pottery demonstrations.  By the late 1960s, he had ceased painting, having lost his right hand in a hunting accident.

Paul and Kathleen Nickens, Pueblo Indians of New Mexico
Patrick Lester, The Biographical Directory of Native American Painters

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A pioneering Pueblo muralist, Louis Gonzales was born at San Ildefonso pueblo and lived most of his life in Santa Fe, New Mexico.   In addition to his own painting, he was a model for  sculptor Philip Sears, a demonstrator of pottery and pueblo singer and dancer.  His Indian name was "Wo Peen", meaning Medicine Mountain in English.

Murals by Louis Gonzales are at the YMCA Lodge of Seven Fires in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Patrick Lester, The Biographical Directory of Native American Painters

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