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 Stephen Mopope  (1898 - 1974)

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Lived/Active: Oklahoma      Known for: ceremonial dance, genre, mural

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
One of the Five Kiowas, Stephen Mopope was one of a group of Native American artists who were brought to the University of Oklahoma by Oscar Jacobsen in 1926 and provided with studio space and materials.  Subsequently they attracted international attention at the Prague exposition.  He was also a part of the WPA (Works Progress Administration) program and executed murals for public buildings.

Source: Peter Falk, Who Was Who in American Art

Biography from Adobe Gallery:

Stephen Mopope Qued Koi, Wood-Coy, “Painted Robe” (1898-1974), was born and raised on the Kiowa Reservation, Indian Territory, later to become Oklahoma.  He was primarily a painter and dancer most of his life.

“Mopope’s grandfather was a Spanish captive, kidnapped by the Kiowas from a wagon train crossing the prairie and reared by Chief Many Bears.  On the Kiowa side he was a descendant of Appiatan, a noted Kiowa warrior.  His granduncles were Silverhorn (Haungooah) and Hakok.  They found him drawing designs in the sand and decided to teach him how to paint on tanned skins in the old Kiowa way.  Mopope’s childhood education by his grandmother was in the Kiowa tradition. [He also studied with Susie Peters of the Kiowa Agency in Anadarko, Oklahoma, and at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, in the late 1920s].  He is one of the original Kiowa Five [the "Five Kiowas" at the University of Oklahoma] and was primarily a painter and dancer most of his life."
Source: Snodgrass, American Indian Painters 1968.

Stephen Mopope broke out of the Kiowa tradition of painting by including more figures in his narrative paintings.  His work is represented in Kiowa Art and his paintings have been exhibited all over the world.  His commissions include murals for the United States Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. (I938), as well as works sponsored by the Works Progress Administration and the Public Works Administration.  Mopope's many awards include a Certificate of Appreciation by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, United States Department of the Interior.


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