Arts of Native America


[Cliff Fragua Sculpture] [Caroline Carpio Sculpture] [Mark Fischer Sculpture] [Jill Shwaiko Sculpture]

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Four  of today's top Native American sculptors are proudly featured at River Trading Post.  Each with a distinctive style, each with a deep expression for what he or she sees and feels.  We believe that you will enjoy traveling through our outstanding and diverse collection of fine Native American sculpture.
Please click on the artist's photo to view the artist's gallery.

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Cliff Fragua - Jemez Pueblo
IACA Artist of the Year, 2005

  Since 1974, when he created his first stone sculpture, Cliff Fragua has created a significant body of work that continues to evolve with the artist's new influences and new interests.  He has won many awards, including Best of Category at the Indian Arts and Crafts Association Show in Denver, Colorado (1997); First Award in Marble Category at the SWAIA Annual Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico (1996); People's Choice Award at the Ray Tracey Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico (1996); and the Wheelwright Museum Award for Excellence in Sculpture at the SWAIA Annual Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico (1995).His sculptures are featured in such places  as the Albuquerque International Airport and in permanent collections throughout the country.  He recently was commissioned to create a monumental sculpture that will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

Cliff was named Artist of the Year for 2005 by the Indian Arts and Crafts Association, and won best of division at the 2005 Heard Museum Indian Show.

Caroline Carpio - Isleta Pueblo
IACA Artist of the Year, 2012

Caroline Lucero-Carpio is from Isleta Pueblo, NM.  Her Tiwa name is Thud-bese, meaning Sun Tablita

Her native culture is an articulation of prayer and celebration; expressed in her language, songs, dances, creation of art, and most importantly, her way of living.

Caroline's traditional upbringing and contemporary expression of who she is today is voiced through her artwork.  "At times, my sculptures are a reflection of my inner prayers and other times, it is the stories of our ancestors that inspire a new vision.  I would like my work to preserve a story and educate who we are many generations from now."

Among her top honors have been being selected as one of the recipients for the 2000 SWAIA Fellowship.  In 2001, Caroline was invited to do an artist-in residence for The Takeo Region International Art and Cultural Exchange Program in Takeo, Japan.

Mark Fischer - Green Bay Oneida

Mark is a contemporary sculptor and a member of the Oneida Nation of Green Bay, Turtle Clan.  He was involved in Native American education for 12 years and was instrumental in establishing several Native American scholarships for Wisconsin colleges.

Marks designs are inspired by ancient Woodland petroglyphs and pictographs that celebrate nature, gender, Native art and culture.  The sculptures are hand cut cut copper that is welded in silver, then air brushed with a patina finish to enhance the copper's natural aging process.  Select pieces are imbelished with deer hide, antlers, traditionally wrapped antique trade beads and horse hair.

"It is said that ancient nations did not have a written language, but if you look, you will see they have left messages all over our nation.  It is an honor to share these non-verbal messages through my art." - Mark Fischer.

Jill Shwaiko

Jill ShwaikoJill Shwaiko has studied the art of the ancients for years.  She expresses the ancients in a warm, friendly and humourous way through her bronze sculptures, oil paintings and limited edition wall art. 

Though not of American Indian origin, Jill's work truly expresses the art of the Ancient People.

"One of the best understandings that the historians have of why the native peoples spent hours pecking a drawing of a sheep into rock is that they were calling the soul of the sheep to them. There are rock drawings of human figures, animals and objects in the natural world such as suns, mountains etc. Rock drawings/petroglyphs are found all around the world; reflecting mankind's history and connection to both the physical and spiritual world." - Jill Shwaiko