Johnson Antonio

Type
Individual
Role
Artist
Identifier
AntonioJohnson
Lifespan
after 1931
Functions, Occupations, and Activities
>Wood carver
Heritage
Navajo, Native American
Medium
Wood, paint
Biography
Antonio is from the northwestern corner of New Mexico called the Bisti. Following high school, he went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad. He said "They picked me up in a bus at the trading post, and took me off to lay steel. It was hard work, and when the laying was done in the fall, they'd take me home again. I'd collect unemployment till they'd come for me in the spring." In 1974, Antonio quit the railroad job and returned home to heard sheep and goats. In 1982 or 1983, Antonio picked up some cottonwood in a wash near Farmington, took it home and just started carving. This was the beginning of a new career. [Retrieved on 9/13/17 from https://www.adobegallery.com/artist/johnson-antonio-1931-present]
Geographic names
Bisti Badlands
Related people/organizations
Jan Rosenak (represented by)
Chuck Rosenak (represented by)