Born in 1944 on First Mesa
in the village of Hano, Arizona, Neil David Sr. - a Hopi/Tewa
- was carving kachina dolls before he was ten years old. During
his high school years his paintings and sketches were sold through
Byron Hunter who managed McGee's store in Polacca, Arizona.
Neil's paintings and kachina
carvings can be found in private collections and museums throughout
the world. The set of 79 original paintings by Neil, published
in his book: Kachinas: Spirit Beings of the Hopi, have
been acquired by the Kashiwagi Museum in Tateshina, Nagano, Japan.
Neil entered the army and
served in Germany during the Vietnam War. He resides in Polacca,
Arizona on the Hopi Indian Reservation and continues to paint
and carve. He sells his paintings and kachina dolls through art
galleries and direct comissions from collectors.
Neil's artistic talents
and creativity have brought him international recognition. His
humor is conveyed through the expressions and antics of his Clown
figures. His dedication and commitment to his heritage is seen
in his paintings and carvings.
Neil's co-mingling of art
and dedication to his culture gives a rare opportunity to view
elements of Hopi life without intruding on the society. His insight,
perception, and ability to capture on canvas, the personalities
and actions of performers and spectators during the Hopi festivities
have brought him wide acclaim and support for calling him "the
Hopis' Norman Rockwell."
Neil's work is featured
in over a dozen books and periodicals including Art of the
Hopi by Jerry Jacka, Treasures of the Hopi by Theda
Bassman, and Art of Kachina Doll Carving by E. Bromberg.
The always mischievous
and sometimes gluttonous Koshare are perfect satire of normal
village life. Neil's Koshare are unique in that each has his
own distinct characteristics - and personality. Their facial
features, posture, and body movements tell us so much about the
attitude of life in the Hopi plaza.
Neil's work is widely recognized
due to the highly exagerated features of his figures. Oversized
ears, nose, and lips usually feature prominently.