Quannie, Kevin

Kevin Horace Quannie, member of the Water and Corn Clan, On his Hopi side and Navajo side Salt … I 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 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 , the last few years.. Kevin has taken his forms of carvings from the wax part of the Bronzes and transform the images to another field of Blown Glass images … It’s difficult but with my Instructor at the Mesa Art Center and fellow student’s all helping in the glass images..

Kevin also been painting on canvas with a concept of traditional images to contemporary , since the last 17 years of his 32 years career as an Artist …The paintings have taken also a new direction all by its self…
He has received many awards and has established himself as a quality artist.
Thru out my career as an Artist being diversity in any part of creating art , I have done some images of Jewelry in a Contemporary Hopi form.. Gold , Diamonds and Silver combine with High Grad Turquoise and other precious Stones
Kevin believes 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, gold or silver jewelry, or an oil painting–will make collectors proud to add his art to their own collections.