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Ernesto Zepeda - Portrait of an Indian 36” x 24”

Ernesto Zepeda - Portrait of an Indian 36” x 24”

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Ernesto Zepeda (1943-2017)
Portrait of an Indian, 1983

Oil on Canvas
Canvas: 36” x 24”
Frame: 42” x 30”

Signed and Dated Lower Left: ERNESTO ZEPEDA 83

In this portrait, a Native American man’s face is depicted in fine detail. The artist skillfully cuts lines into delicate strands to add texture to the man’s hair and features, while maintaining a monochromatic color palette. The band of fabric around the figure’s head stands out, a brighter, saturated red to match the frame. The piece invites reflection as the viewer reads the man’s contemplative expression.

Zepeda was a world traveler, best known for his ethnic portraits. A large part of his work is concentrated on the Pueblos and Reservation life of the Southwest native peoples.

Bradford’s Auction Gallery, Wild West Art Auction, November 6, 2022, Lot 1518
Private Collection, Utah

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