Tony creates a powerful range of contemporary and traditional paintings. He explores different mediums such as oil and monotype creating a variety of pieces including charcoal drawings, large scale oil and sand paintings, and abstract mixed media pieces incorporating encaustic wax, copper and printmaking. Please browse through his collections of recent works, contemporary art, traditional art, and prints.
Tony Abeyta is a Navajo contemporary artist working in mixed media paintings. He is a graduate from New York University with an honorary doctorate from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. He was the 2012 recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s Excellence in the Arts award, and recognized as a Native treasure by the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. Tony currently works in both Santa Fe, NM and Berkeley, CA. His work can be seen at the Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, and is included in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Boston Fine Arts Museum, the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ, New Mexico Fine Arts Museum, the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, CA, and the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, as well as in many other public & private collections.
Abeyta’s primary focus has been on painting the emotional experience one finds in the New Mexico landscape . “There exists a rhythm in the land where I was born. I spend a lot of time deciphering the light, the cascades of mesas into canyons, the marriage between earth and sky and the light as it constantly changes at whim, the intensity of rock formations, and the sage and chamisa that accent this poetic experience, unlike any where else I have seen. I am beckoned to remember it and then to paint it.”
2008 – Heard Museum Of Art, "Underworlderness" one person exhibition, Black & White Drawings.
2008 – SOFA NYNY (Sculptural Objects and Functional Art), Blue Rain Gallery, Armory For The Arts,
New York, NY
2007 – SOFA CHICAGO (Sculptural Objects and Functional Art), Blue Rain Gallery, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
2007 – Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, N.M., Annual Indian Market Exhibition
2000 – Southwest Museum, LACMA West, Los Angeles - 10 Year Retrospective
1999 – Cline Fine Art Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, "Approaching the Unknown" (One man show)
Cline Fine Art Gallery, Santa Fe NM, ‘Native Manifestations’ (One man show)
1997 – Cline Fine Art Gallery, Santa Fe NM, Reinventions/Departures (One man show)
1997 – Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM.
‘A History Of Santa Fe: An Allegorical Depiction’
1997 – Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Santa Fe
‘Native Abstractions’, (Group exhibition)
Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe NM - Masters exhibition
1996 – Owings Dewey Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM - Water (Group exhibition)
Turquoise Tortoise Gallery, Sedona, AZ - One man show
1995-96 – John Cacciola Gallery, NYC - Recent Works
1994 – Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, NM
‘Translating Two worlds’-The Art of Narcisso & Tony Abeyta.
1991-93 – Albuquerque Museum, New Mexico
1992-93 – Sherwood's Gallery, Beverly Hills, Ca - Recent Works
1992 – Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Alumni exhibition
1991 – Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore - Large scale drawing
1989 – American Indian Community House, New York - Group exhibition
1989 – Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM - one man show.
1988 – Lacoste Ecole Des Beaux Arts, France.
1987 – Glenn Green Galleries, Santa Fe NM
1987 – Pembroke University, North Carolina - print exhibition.
1986 – State of New Mexico Governor’s Gallery, Santa Fe, NM - group exhibition.
Navajo Community College, Tsaile, AZ - printmakers exhibition
Heard Musuem, Phoenix, AZ
Millicent Rogers Musuem, Taos, NM
Harwood Musuem, Taos, NM
National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Museum of Arts and Culture, Santa Fe, NM: Permanent Interior Mural In Main Gallery (2000)
Palm Springs Fine Art Center, CA
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Santa Fe, NM
Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, NM
Montclaire Art Museum, New Jersey
Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM
Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Selected Private Collections
Robert & Joann Balzer - Santa Fe, NM
Sam & Beverly Maloof - Clairmont, CA
Rick West - Washington, D.C.
Mike & Juanita Eagle - San Diego, CA
Raymond James, Financial - St. Petersburg, FL
Dan Crane - Los Angeles CA
James T. Bialac - Pheonix, AZ
Roger & Mindy Eiteljorg - Indianapolis, IN
Jack & Maryjo Harrod
Pueblo of Pojoaque & George Riviera - Pojoaque, NM
Ann & Burt Kaplan - Chicago, IL
Gary & Brenda Ruttenberg - Santa Monica, CA
Scott Avery - Washington, D.C.
Leroy & Tammy Garcia - Taos, NM
Roxanne Swenzell - Santa Clara, NM
Preston & Osa Singletary - Seattle, WA
Martha & Stuart Streuver - Santa Fe, NM
John & Sarabess Cahill - Chicago, IL
2002 – New York University - Masters in Fine Art
1989 – Art Institute of Chicago - Post Baccalaureate Program
1988 – Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts - Master Study Program
1988 – Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore - BFA
1987 – Studio Arts Center International, Florence, Italy
1986-87 – Lacoste, Ecole Des Beaux Arts, France
1986 – Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe NM - AFA
1985 – Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine