Andy Tsinnanjinnie

                                               (also spelled Tsihnajinnie and Tsinnajinnie and Tsinajinie)


 Andy Tsinnanjinnie was born near Chinle, Arizona in 1916.  He was one of the first pupils to receive art instruction at "The Studio", founded by Dorothy Dunn at the Santa Fe Indian School.  In order to portray to what Dunn felt was authentic representation of Native American traditional art, The Studio art students were taught to paint in a flat, two dimensional style.

Shortly after graduation Andy received PWAP and WPA grants for large murals in Arizona and New Mexico.  He also received private commissions for several large murals in other parts of the country.

During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Air Force in the South Pacific.  When he returned he opened a studio in Scottsdale, Arizona. Tsinnajinnie made his living as a full time artist for the remainder of his life, which was almost cut short by a serious illness in the early 1970's.

Tsinnanjinnie's work, which most often featured images of traditional Navajo life, appeared in numerous books and publications including "Arizona Highways" and "Navajo History, Volume I".  He died in 2000.


Andy Tsinajinnie New Deal Navajo Artist

Andy Tsinnajinnie working on a painting for the Santa Fe Indian School in 1934.

Photo provided courtesy of "The New Deal in the Southwest"  Peter Bermingham, Published by the University of Arizona


  Andy Tsinnanjinnie Morning Coffee    
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Andy Tsinajinie Navajo Portrait
We are always interested in purchasing original work by Andy Tsinnanjinnie.  Please contact us with any inquiries.
One of the Blue Coyote Gallery's primary objectives is to acquire biographical information about historically important Arizona artists.  Background and biographical information about many of the deceased artists we represent is often very sketchy and limited at best. We are trying to acquire information before people who knew these artists personally are no longer around.           Click Here to return to the Native American Art Page

If you knew Andy Tsinnanjinnie personally, or knew someone who did, we would be grateful if you could share any biographical information,  stories, or anecdotes you may have.   



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