Hopi - Navajo
Kevin Horace Quannie, member of the Water and Corn
Clan, was born in 1960. He is a Hopi/Navajo contemporary artist and
has been a carver of kachina sculptures since 1980.
Living in Kykotsmovi, on the Hopi Reservation, Kevin’s occupation
as a Tribal Ranger required long hours and with little pay. It was during
this time while managing a small family Art Gallery, that he took an
interest in Hopi art.
Kachina doll carving became a serious occupation for him with much of
his inspiration credited from notable kachina doll carvers such as Neil
David, Sr., and Lowell Talashoma, Sr.
Kevin specializes in carving contemporary kachina dolls using cottonwood
roots, whereby he takes artwork one step beyond traditional methods.
Some of his artwork has been transformed into bronze sculptures, capturing
all the beauty and textures of the natural grains from the original
pieces done in cottonwood roots. Feathers originally woodburned one
by one, glisten in gold and amber in his bronze sculptures.
Kevin also paints on canvas and can make jewelry. He has received many
awards and has established himself as a quality artist.
He believes that his choice to be an artist was a ethereal choice in
expressing his inner feelings through his art. What continues to inspire
and motivate Kevin as an artisan is that his creations, whether it is
a sculptured kachina, a gold or silver jewelry, or an oil painting,
that it will make collectors proud to add his art to their own collections.
-1992 Heard Museum Art Show 1st Place
-1982-Present Eighth Northern Pueblo Art Show
-1987-1988 Colorado Indian Market 1st & 2nd Place
-1990-1994 Santa Fe Indian Market
-Others too numerous to list
Much of Kevin’s work is displayed in many private and public collections.