Delmar Boni (1948- ) “Indian Arts” Silkscreen on Canvas 1960s P1346

Delmar Boni is one of a dazzling generation nurtured by the Institute of American Indian Arts during its golden age under the tutelage of the great Fritz Scholder, Allan and Anne Hauser and Louis Ballard. Determined to revolutionize Native American music and easel painting and sculpture, freeing it from the label of ethnic crafts and the threat of clichéd commercialism, and bringing Native American art into the mainstream, nay, the cutting edge, of modern art, they brought their own influences, Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Diebenkorn and Francis Bacon, into the mix. This work by Delmar Boni with its Pop sensibility brilliantly exemplifies this very period of cultural ferment in America. An important early piece, very likely created at IAIA in the 1960s by one of our most distinguished Native American artists.

Delmar Boni, was born in 1948- is an Apache Indian, and lives in Arizona.
He is known for his Mod-Necro Ethnic beautiful detailed ceremonial Art work.

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The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is a college focused on Native American art, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Many IAIA graduates transition into full-time careers as self-supporting artists, while others continue their education at universities and art schools nationwide. IAIA operates the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, which is housed in the historic Santa Fe Federal Building (the old Post Office), a landmark Pueblo Revival building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum houses the 7,000+ piece National Collection of Contemporary Indian Art.


The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) was co-founded by Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee, 1916–2002) and George Boyce. It was funded by United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), in 1962. The intertribal art school was created upon the recommendation of the BIA Department of Education and the Indian Arts and Crafts Board. Three factors led to the creation of IAIA: dissatisfaction with the academic program of the Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS), a BIA paradigm shift towards post-graduate education, and the influence of the Southwest Indian Art Project and the Rockefeller Foundation.

IAIA began operations on the campus of the SFIS in October 1962. From 1962-1979, IAIA ran a high school program and post-graduate art courses and beginning in 1975, was accredited to grant college degrees in various formats culminating in the accreditation of four-year degrees in 2001. In 2013, a two-year low residency MFA Program in Creative Writing was approved and implemented. In 1986, the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development was congressionally chartered as a non-profit organization, similar to the structure of the Smithsonian Institution, removing it from the control of the BIA. Today, IAIA sits on a 140-acre campus 12 miles south of downtown Santa Fe and also operates the Museum of Contemporary Native Art, located in the Santa Fe Plaza, and the Center for Lifelong Education.