Jun. 13, 1894 San Ildefonso Pueblo Santa Fe County New Mexico, USA
Sep. 2, 1949 Santo Domingo Pueblo Sandoval County New Mexico, USA
Tonita Peņa Arquero is best known for her detailed and colorful portraits of pueblo life. Ceremonial scenes are common subjects of her artwork, including both individual dancers and groups of dancers. Peņa moved beyond customs that allowed only men to paint living figures, becoming the only woman in an artistic movement called the San Ildefonso Self-Taught Group. Her depictions of traditional pueblo customs through a nontraditional medium have made her an influential figure in contemporary Native American art.
Daughter of the late Natividad Pena and the late Ascencion Pena
Pitacio Arquero, informant She had radiation therapy on her adrenal glands, died of cancer