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Mark Swazo Hinds (Tesuque)
Mark Swazo Hinds is a well-known sculptor and painter from the Tesuque Pueblo. He is the son of famed Tesuque Pueblo painter Patrick Swazo – Hinds. He was born in Berkley, California, moved to Santa Fe in 1968 and moved to the Tesuque Pueblo in 1972. After studying art at Haskell Indian Junior College and then the University of Kansas, Mark graduated from the Institute of American Art in 1981. He studied under Allen Houser at the IAIA during his college years. He is a noted fetish carver, but also has branched out to painting. Mark’s work can be seen on permanent display at the Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe, the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.
Mark began by making fetishes in his teens and has been creating art his whole life. In 1984 he started exhibiting at Indian Market in Santa Fe, where he earned three awards. He is known for his “dressed bears”, working with various stones, and parrot feathers.
This is a small alabaster bear, made in the late 1990s with turquoise, spiny oyster shells, several other stones and natural parrot feathers. It is signed on the bottom (SWAZO)
(3” high (to the top of the feathers) and 3 ½” wide (to the ends of the feathers))