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Dennis Pioche Portrait

Dennis Pioche

Born:
Blanco Canyon, New Mexico 1965

Active in:

  • Aztec, New Mexico

Photo Caption:
Originally photographed by Chuck Rosenak. Image is courtesy of the Chuck and Jan Rosenak research material, 1990-1999, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Luce Artist Biography

Navajo folk artist Dennis Pioche started carving when he was only two years old. By the time he was four, he was making his own toys from the tree branches and roots around his home in Blanco Canyon, New Mexico. He began to carve small Navajo men and women from cottonwood after watching his grandfather, who made primitive wood figures for ceremonies (Chuck and Jan Rosenak, The People Speak: Navajo Folk Art, 1994).