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Albert & Josephine Vigil (1927-2009 & 2001)

Albert Vigil, San Ildefonso Pueblo

Albert was born in 1927, as was Josephine. This husband and wife team are known for their cream-on-redware pottery. Albert was the son of the fabulous painter Romando Vigil (Tse-Ye-Mu). He was also the nephew of Maria Martinez.

Albert Vigil (1927-2009) and Josephine Cordova Vigil (1927-2001) worked together producing pottery their entire married life. Josephine made the pottery and Albert painted them. Albert Vigil was the son of famous San Ildefonso Pueblo painter Romando Vigil (Tse Ye Mu) and a nephew of Maria Martinez. It was Maria who influenced him to specialize in redware.

Josephine Vigil, San Ildefonso Pueblo

Josephine Cordova Vigil was originally from Taos Pueblo but moved to San Ildefonso when marrying Albert. Josephine credits Albert’s aunts, Maria Martinez and Clara Montoya, with helping them get started in pottery making. She learned by watching Maria make pottery and having Clara show her how to stone polish the pottery.

Collections include: Thomas Gilcrease Institute for American History, Tulsa, OK; Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, AZ; Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, NM. They sign their work “Albert & Josephine San Ildefonso Pueblo.”

For Additional Information:
American Indian Art Series: Pueblo Indian Pottery (750 Artist Biographies) by Gregory Schaaf


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