OSAVIO CRISPIN SR. is a third generation award-winning jeweler from Santo Domingo. The roots of his inspiration lie in the styles and techniques of the native artists from the
1960’s and 1970’s. This artist presents traditional silversmithing techniques and contemporary works in a truly original way, with breathtaking skill and design vision.
Each piece of jewelry is hand made by Crispin using simple hand tools in his local studio. Often there is inlay or stamping on the insides of his wearable pieces of art. He often pairs overlay with inlay, hand shaping each stone to fit perfectly. Osavio also combines flat intricate inlay with 3-D inlay and uses accents of slivers of sterling silver and gemstones to create a unique feel and look to his very original work.
One thing that is unique about this silversmith is that when he cuts stones or inlays, or buffs, HE STANDS UP! He does not work sitting down!
I am emerging into the art world like a butterfly coming out of its cocoon. Nature guides the new butterfly into the unknown world with little or no expectation of rewards but it journeys on to enrich other lives wherever it lands. This journey for me has been an eye opener. I have come to realize emergence is a process and not an event. It started in 1988 Since then I have traveled the circuit of the art world. I must say life on the road is both good and not so good, but I don’t but I don’t regret the path I have chosen. The process of emergence will always be challenging with its ups and downs. I always look forward to its rewards.
I find joy in doing student art workshops. Kids are amazing artists. Give them ten minutes and they’ll come out with amazing ideas that will blow you away! You cannot imagine how much you will learn from them by watching their artwork as it takes shape. I tell them we are here to learn from one another. This way both of us have an understanding of openness and freedom to put our artistic ability to the test, leaving the instructions to the teachers. All students are emerging artists, with lots of potential and curiosity. I hope only the best for them.
I am a member of a non-profit group named Reunion of the Masters. The group is composed of prominent Native American and non-Native American artists. We work with the Southwest Indian Foundation of Gallup, New Mexico to promote Native American art and also to develop artistic talent among area students.
My painting style is realistic and is painted in the style of the Old Dutch Masters, with dark under painting, followed by layers of paint. I begin each canvas with heavy washes of dark colors, and slowly bring the figures forward out of that darkness. As the individuality of each portrait establishes itself, the mood, the background colors and the details fall into place I use pastel chalks in this same manner.
I have a long-term goal to expand my horizons and become an even better painter. My belief is that learning and growing should continue until one’s last day. Pursuit of new art opportunities, adventures and exploration are part of my emergence and advancement in my life as both person and artist.
Many of my paintings have been portraits of American Indians, Indian faces, ceremonial gatherings and scenes of the everyday life on a reservation. This intrigues me as much as any other subject I have painter. Not all American Indians live on reservations, however, the ones that do will tell you their way of life is not like it used to be. With that in mind if it isn’t already too late, I believe that now is the time to start recording these native peoples’ art, artifacts and their stories so they can be preserved for the future generations to see for themselves what their ancestors may have looked like.
I want to reach into other levels of the art world and explore opportunities that I may have rejected in the past. This means that I want to study my subject matter more in-depth in terms of humanity, not just the subject’s appearance. That journey is still ahead of me.t don’t fit into a shorter, more succinct space.
A member of the Coyote Clan, Duane Tawahongva was born at Second Mesa on the Hopi Reservation and lives today in Mishongnovi Village. Duane’s studio sits on the high bluffs
Of Mishongnovi, with a 100 mile view of the eternal desert valley below, all the way to the
San Francisco Mountains.
Duane is self-taught silversmith, working in traditional Hopi silver overlay. His jewelry incorporates hundreds of designs, including traditional Hopi designs such as prayer feathers, clan symbols, corn maidens, water waves and rainclouds. Some of Duane’s work also incorporates semi-precious stones including, but not limited to turquoise, coral, azurite and opal.
Over the last several years, Duane has worked at creating several designs based on Hopi spirituality, designs which are uniquely his own. These designs include his ‘three generations’ and his petroglyph designs which are inspired by Dawa-Ki on ancestral Hopi Lands.
Duane draws his inspiration from the beauty of Hopi Lands and spiritual beliefs. Like all Pueblo peoples, his prayers always include prayers for the world and for other peoples before his prayers for the Hopi Peoples and himself. His sincere hope is that his jewelry brings blessings and serenity to all who wear it.
Duane is also the recipient of numerous awards for his beautiful work.
When Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, Duane encourages visitors to visit his studio where he proudly demonstrates his Hopi overlay jewelry making.