Robert’s paintings reflect the sacred ceremonies of the Nine Day Winter Ceremony and the Yei Be Chei. The masked figures in these paintings are of the Ye ‘iis (the Holy People) that dance and chant the prayers throughout the night to bring good health and harmony back to our lives. Other items in his paintings reflect sacred objects of the Navajo ranging from the landscape itself, to baskets, to turquoise, to rattles and drums. Most of all, the symbols of his paintings represent the everyday life of the Navajo and the sanctity of the philosophy of walking in beauty. His representational figures are always altered in such a way as to represent his culture, but to never violate Navajo tenets.
Although the subject of Robert’s paintings is not new, it is his mixture of symbolism and boldness the creates such a beauty and such visceral reactions in viewers. His art is creative and bold, but respectful.
Condition: Excellent – original condition – new
Provenance: Purchased from the artist
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