Veronica Poblano ~ Zuni

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Veronica Poblano
Veronica Poblano

Veronica, self-taught lapidary, gold and silversmith, is the daughter of well known Zuni sculptor, mosaicist, and fetish maker, Leo Poblano and Ida Vacit Poblano in whose memory “Patterns and Sources of the Zuni Kachinas” was written. The creative energy, which coursed through her ancestors, runs deep in Ms. Poblano as well as in her children, Brad, Jovanna, and Dylan, all of whom possess as much promise as she has fulfillment.

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Veronica uses the finest materials, and her expertise in stone shaping and multi-stone inlay along with her matchless ability to synthesize Zuni traditional, contemporary, and futuristic design has won her great acclaim among peers and jewelry connoisseurs at home and abroad.

The artist’s work is indeed a compendium of innate elegance and hard work. Her selection of the eagle feather for her signature piece not only represents strength, courage, and endurance, it is also a testament to her respect for her people. Her personal mission is to demystify the Zuni aesthetic, as evidenced in her workshops at the Heard Museum. Her commitment to encourage and mentor young artists is evidenced in her work with the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, one of the many organizations devoted to the continuation of Native American artistic traditions with their accompanying excellence.

A recipient of numerous top awards and accolades, Veronica is one of the most sought after artists in the country. The latest award bestowed on her is the prestigious SWAIA fellowship. In 1996, she was named a “master artist” by the same organization. In 1998, Veronica was selected by the Four Times Foundation to pursue a business venture and established the Leo Poblano Memorial Mentorship Program in the spring of 1999. She currently serves as board member of the Ashiwi Awan Museum and Heritage Center, Vice Chairperson of the Council of Artists – SWAIA, and 1998 Alumni of the Leadership Santa Fe Program.

“To see Poblano’s timeless creation is to enter a world of extraordinary beauty.”

“To touch her work is to awaken the senses to vibrant color and the treasures of the natural world.”

“To wear a Veronica Poblano original is to experience the joy of possessing jewelry that both reflects the artist’s taste and imagination and enhances the essence of the wearer”.

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