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 Duane Dishta  (1946 - 2011)

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Lived/Active: New Mexico      Known for: Zuni religious ceremony, kachina

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from Carole Le Beau.

Duane Dishta was born in Zuni, New Mexico in 1946, and has always lived there. Duane's father, Frankie, is Zuni and his mother, Elizabeth is three-quarter Zuni and one-quarter Hopi. Duane and his wife, Margie, have relatives in Polacca, Arizona on the Hopi reservation, where they often attend Hopi dances. Duane also takes part in the Zuni ceremonies every year. When there are no ceremonies taking place, he produces approximately four 24 x 36 paintings each month. He was originally inspired to paint by the a work of two Hopi painters, Raymond Naha & Neil David. As a consequence, his paintings always reflect Hopi and Zuni life.

Duane is probably the best-known artist in Zuni. His paintings appeared in Barton Wright's book "Kachinas of the Zuni" which depicts 139 Kachinas and other dancers. Duane outlined figures with colored markers, erased the outlines, and painted the inside with watercolors. He painted them in the wintertime when there were no ceremonies taking place. Duane was also
one of the featured artists in the book "Zuni, the Art and the People", Vol 2.

In the 1970's jewelry was so popular that Duane stopped painting and began making jewelry. This lasted until the 1980's when he returned to his first
love, painting. He originally used casein but switched to acrylics because he likes the colors and the fast-drying properties.

Duane has won awards at the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial in Gallup, N.M.; at the Heard Museum show in Phoenix, Arizona; and at the American Indian and Western Relic show in Pasadena, CA."

Duane Dishta passed on February 26, 2011.

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