5111-55 Arlo Namingha, Bronze, Hano Mana, 1
4 3/4" x 5 1/2" x 4 1/2"
Arlo is 41 years old, from the Tewa/Hopi tribe and the eldest son of internationally known artist Dan Namingha.
He was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico and raised in San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico. Growing up with his Native
culture he started carving Katsina Dolls at an early age. Working from commissions, in his early twenties, he started
producing wood sculptures and now works in wood, clay, stone, fabricated and casted bronze. His focus changed
to his art career with recent exhibits in both the Southwest and East coast. His works are included in many museums
and private collections along with U.S. Embassies.
He has also generously given to various organizations and fundraisers through out New Mexico.
In 2001, he was commissioned to be a part of the Horse Power New Mexico art project of Painted Ponies.
His horse, Pueblo Pony, was designated for a local organization, Gerard’s House, which is a grieving center
for young children to help them cope with the loss of a loved one.
In 2002, the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, New Jersey acquired two pieces or their permanent
collection and are currently on display.
In 2003, the First Lady of New Mexico selected two of his sculptures to be displayed at the Governors
Mansion and is presently on display.
Also in 2003, the New Mexico community foundation commissioned Arlo and his father to create a
sculpture that will be presented annually to a family or individuals that have contributed to the state
of New Mexico. The first recipient to receive the award, in 2003, was the New Mexico Lt. Governor,
Diane Denish and her family, The Daniels. The title of the sculpture is Looking to the future.
His work was a part of the traveling exhibit Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation, Contemporary Native
American Art from the Southwest. The exhibit was ongoing from 2002 – 2004.
The Palm Desert Museum has acquired works for their permanent collection, as well as the U.S. Embassy
in Uzbekistan, the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and the U.S. Embassy in Chisinau.
Arlo had also been selected to be a part of a traveling exhibition that toured through China and to different
Museums and Universities for a year. It began in Washington, DC and toured Urumqi, Xian, Shanghai and other
venues in China.
In 2007 the Albuquerque Museum in New Mexico had commissioned Arlo to do an outdoor sculpture for their
permanent collection. The bas-relief wall sculpture measures five-by-sixteen-feet and is made of fabricated bronze.
The City of Albuquerque has received the first edition of the maquette for their collection. This sculpture has recently
been installed and is ready for viewing.
He just completed a large scale commission for the Talking Stick Casino and Resort of a triptych for the Casino Arizona.
This piece was installed in the April 2010.
Currently, he is working with The Zolo Company on a world toy project where he is representing the United States.
This project is looking to be completed by 2011-2012.
In October 2010, Arlo was also commissioned to create the sculptural piece which will be presented to
Robert Redford as the recipient of the Governors Award.
His works are being represented at Niman Fine Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Altamira Fine Art Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming:
Working in various woods, clay, cast bronze, fabricated bronze,stone and marble. The majority of sculptures I create reflect
my Tewa/Hopi background. Using the idea of design, form and movement, I minimize these literal images not to recreate
them but to draw form them and my personal experiences.
My work not only reflects the figurative aspect of my native people and cultural deities but also the idea of scenery and
landscape as well as symbolism.
- Arlo Namingha