Marcellus Medina – Zia

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Pottery by Marcellus Medina

Marcellus Medina was born into the Zia Pueblo in 1954. He was inspired to continue the family tradition of pottery making by his ancestors, the support of many people, creative inspiration, and economic motivation.

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Marcellus is a painter from Zia Pueblo. He paints traditional and contemporary images in watercolors and acrylics. He is a self taught painter and has been painting since the age of 10. He has devoted the majority of his life to being an art student and currently is still a practicing artist. Marcellus signs his pottery as: Medina, year, and accents it with a zia bird symbol, Marcellus is related to the following artists: Elizabeth Medina (spouse), Sofia Medina (mother), and Lois Medina (sister).


  • 1999 Santa Fe Indian Market 1st Place
  • 1999 Santa Fe Indian Market 3rd Place
  • Santa Fe Indian Market several awards
  • New Mexico State Fair Best of Show
  • Southwest Indian Painting Convocation
  • Others awards too numerous to list
  • Publications:

  • Southern Pueblo Pottery 2,000 Artist Biographies
  • Southwestern Pottery Anasazi to Zuni
  • Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery
  • American Indian Pottery
  • Talking With The Clay
  • Southwestern Pottery 1999 Edition
  • Others too numerous to list
  • Displayed permanent collections:
  • Albuquerque International Airport, Alb. NM
  • Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston MA
  • School of American Research, Santa Fe NM
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