"I paint my people, how they live now,

and how they lived a long time ago," - Michael Chiago

About the Artist

Michael Chiago is a Tohono O’odham/Pima-Maricopa, watercolor artist and illustrator. Born in the Kohatk Village on the Tohono O’odham reservation, Michael has been painting over 40 years. His original work captures the ceremonies and daily tasks he knew while growing up in the desert area of southern Arizona. He is proud of his heritage and works to preserve it, as well as share it with others.

Using a vibrant pallet of colors, he might show women making bread to be baked in an outside oven, or an approaching thunderstorm. His work is detailed, showing tremendous knowledge of the Arizona landscape as well as Tohono O’Odham culture and traditions.

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The Grand Palais in Paris

Grand Palais in Paris, France
November 27 – December 2, 2012

Michael had a recent exhibit at the 2012 Art en Capital~Salon du Dessin et de la Peinture à l’Eau, in Paris, France on Nov 27-Dec 2, 2012.

This exhibit included 12 American Indian artists from the United States and Canadian First Nations artists working in water-based paint on paper. This represents the second delegation of American Indian artists ever to exhibit during this invitation-only event, one of the most prestigious art shows in the world. Click Here to read more about our adventures in Paris.

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