James A. Vigil
Born at Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico, on July 30, 1948, James has lived in this ancestral community for most of his life. In the village of Jemez, he grew up surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family, including blood and clan relations. It is from his experiences in a vibrant culture, daily life, and Towa language that James draws his artistic influence. James' introduction to stone sculpture began through an apprenticeship with friend and well-known sculptor Cliff Fragua starting in 1987. During this study, he recognized his gift for stone carving and creating sculptures in a unique style. Since then, James has enthusiastically depicted glimpses of his life through carvings in alabaster, steatite, marble and other stones. Various bronze sculptures have been cast from his original stone carvings. These incorporate color with different patinas, making every bronze distinct in the edition. James takes much pleasure from carving, and the scope of his work continues to broaden. His work continues to be recognized as evidenced through the numerous awards for his accomplishments.