|Born||Ha So Deh
|Died||June 22, 1998|
|Known for||Painting, silversmithing|
Early life and education
Abeyta was born in 1918. He is named after his father, Narciso. His mother was Pablita. He started drawing when he was eleven. He attended the Santa Fe Indian School, starting in 1939. Dorothy Dunn was his teacher. Abeyta was a Golden Gloves boxer. He served in World War II (US Army) as a code talker. After he returned from service, he was unable to work for ten years due to his experiences at war. Eventually, he attended the University of New Mexico. He trained under Raymond Jonson.
Mid-life and career
Abeyta was primarily a painter. His paintings document Navajo life, and use brush stroke techniques that are reminiscent of Navajo rugs. He had two known commissions for work as a muralist; a 1934 mural for a social science classroom in Santa Fe, New Mexico and in 1939 for Maisel's Indian Trading Post in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Abeyta married Sylvia Ann a Quaker woman. She was a non-Native American ceramics artist. They had seven children, including artists Tony Abeyta and Pablita Abeyta. The family lived in Gallup, New Mexico.
Later life and legacy
- Translating Navajo Worlds: the Art of Narciso (Ha-So-De) and Tony Abeyta, 1994, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, New Mexico
- "Artwork by Narciso Abeyta". Artist. Savvy Collector. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
- "Narciso Platero Abeyta (1918-1998) Ha So De - Fiercely Ascending". Adobe Gallery. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
- Plateau Sciences of Gallup, NM, Code Talker's Meal, wore US Army uniform
- Dyer, Linda. "20th-Century Narciso Abeyta (Ha So De) Painting". Roadshow Archive. WGBH Boston. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
- Joëlle Rostkowski (2012). Conversations with Remarkable Native Americans. SUNY Press. p. 57. ISBN 978-1-4384-4176-4.
- Lester, Patrick D., The Biographical Directory of Native American Painters, SIR Publications, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 9780806199369, page 2, First edition, 1995
- June, Ana. "Tony Abeyta". Local Flavor. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
- "Narciso Platero Abeyta, painter of Navajo themes". Bangor Daily News. 26 June 1998. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
- Abeyta, Narciso; Tony Abeyta (1994). Translating Navajo worlds: the art of Narciso (Ha-So-De) and Tony Abeyta, January 22-May 4, 1994. Santa fe: Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian.