About Fernando Padilla Jr
Fernando Padilla Jr., born July 29, 1958, is a Native American artist. His father was full blood San Felipe Pueblo and his mother is Navajo and Apache. Padilla is enrolled with the San Felipe Pueblo and is listed as half San Felipe Pueblo and half Navajo. Padilla was born in Huntington Park, California. He grew up in various places in New Mexico and Arizona due to his father's job with the U.S. Forestry Service. He moved to Oklahoma in 1978 and still lives there to date. Best known for his painting of the Southwestern landscape and Pueblo life, Padilla also creates multi-dimensional artwork, sculpture and jewelry.
His mural entitled “Spirit of the People" is on permanent display at the Denver International Airport. He was selected as one of ten artists by Western American Indian Chamber to create site-specific work for the airport. Chosen to illustrate Native American life during the Anasazi Period, Padilla's mural shows a panoramic view of a cliff dwelling community.
His work has been featured in museums throughout the nation including
- Red Earth Master’s Show, Oklahoma City, OK
- Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
- Story of the Sacred Hoop Exhibit, Stuttgart, Germany
- Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM
- Institute of the Franco American Exhibit, Renes, France
- Red Earth Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
- Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, CA
- Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
- Museum of the Great Plains, Woodward, OK
- Denver International Airport, Denver, CO
- Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM
- Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, OK
- Cherokee National Museum, Tahlequah, OK
Besides being listed in "The Biographical Directory of Native American Painters", Padilla and his artwork also appear in Turner Publishing's "The Native Americans and "Artistic Tastes – Favorite Recipes of Native American Artists" by Barbara Harjo and Julie Pearson Little Thunder.