Winder, Kwani Povi – “Those Who Came Before” Oil on Linen (9″ x 12″)
This is a striking oil painting by Kwani Povi Winder. She is from Santa Clara Pueblo and oil painting is characterized by vibrant colors, deep emotions, and loose brushstrokes. Kwani seeks to explore her Santa Clara Pueblo Tewa heritage through painting and draws on her religious beliefs when developing and painting a native figure. Through her paintings, she seeks to preserve, share, and educate about her unique heritage. The piece is entitled, “Those Who Came Before”. The piece is perfectly framed as seen in the photo.
Kwani said about this piece:
“This piece represents to me, the connection that we all can have with our ancestors. This young pueblo youth is standing before the remnants of the Puye Cliff Dwellings on the Santa Clara Pueblo reservation, holding a pot created almost 200 years ago. In this moment, time disappears and she becomes one with her ancestors and can see those who came before.”