J.D. Roybal (1922-1978), whose first name was José, and whose Tewa
name was Oquwa (Rain God), was a well-known painter from San Ildefonso
Pueblo. He was born on November 7, 1922 at San Ildefonso, the son
of Tonita and Juan Cruz Roybal. He passed away June 28, 1978. He
was a nephew of Alfonso Roybal.
He did a bit of painting in the 1930s but was not very productive
until the 1950s. He was most productive in the 1960-1970
decade. His most popular subject matter was his rendition of the
Tewa Clowns known as Koshare or Koosa. Often he presented them in
a jovial manner.
He used water-based paints throughout his career. His
excellent detail in small paintings never went unnoticed. In his
work there prevails fine color, excellent detail, small and fine
outlines, gesturing figures, and a pleasing combination of heavy
conventional themes with realistic subjects.