Specializing in Native American Crafts Since 1916

Pablo Quintana

Clay Artist

Artist Profile

Pablo B. Quintana, “Ke-Sto-We” (one who carries arrows), was born in 1947 into the Cochiti Pueblo. He was inspired to become an artist by admiring his aunt, Helen Cordero. Pablo observed her art with a keen eye and learned her secrets to making her fascinating sculptures. Helen once made a figure of Santiago Quintana, Pablo’s great uncle who was envisioned as a great hunter. This made Pablo want to be a part of traditional history. He learned the fundamentals of making pottery sculptures at the age of 10. He was also inspired artistically to be able to express himself through his art. In high school Quintana had an opportunity to attend a prep school in New York City where he went on to organize a one man show to allow the public to view his style of pencil drawings and acrylic paintings. New York was a culture shock for Quintana being that he was raised in a small town. Living around the art which he was introduced to in New York City provided additional inspiration for him to continue his artistic endeavors.

Pablo specializes in hand-made micaceous clay sculptures including storytellers, angels and nativities. “People say that it’s free to make my art, but it is not as easy as they say, it’s difficult work and I am honored to have been gifted with such a talent,” Quintana said. In addition to clay art, Pablo also paints on canvas and has turned some of his clay sculptures into bronze statues. Pablo signs his pottery: Pablo Quintana, Cochiti, NM. Pablo is related to Liz Baca-Quintana (sister), Vangie Suina (niece) and Dena Suina (niece).

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