Timothy Tate Nevaquaya
About the Artist
Timothy Tate Nevaquaya is a Comanche artist, veteran, and minister from Apache, Oklahoma. The son of the late Comanche master artist and flutist, Doc Tate Nevaquaya (Comanche) and his wife Charlotte Foraker-Nevaquaya (Chickasaw), Timothy’s art career began at the foot of his father’s drafting table, as a child. His art education included receiving direction from his father in the basic fundamentals of Native American art forms, as well as flute making and music composition. These early experiences began his dance with Native American art, Native American flute, and Native American history and culture. As a youth, he was witness to some of the greatest Southern Plains and other Native
American artists from his father’s contemporary circle of friends and colleagues. He has been a part of the reemergence of the Native American flute culture. As a young man, he participated in many of his father’s lectures and demonstrations. At age 12, he began to compose music on his father’s flutes; at age 14 he began making his own flutes. Early in his career, he immersed himself in the history of the Comanche people through independent studies. He began painting in the flat two-dimensionsional style reminiscent of the Southern Plains artists before him. As time went along he transitioned into a western American realism style. Today, he is a contemporary artist, known for his use of bold color and movement interspersed in traditional Native American imagery. Nevaquaya has performed and shown his artwork in places such as the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, The Gilcrease Museum of Western Art, The Philbrook Museum, the Oklahoma Governor’s Ball, the Oklahoma State Capitol, The University of Oklahoma, The Great Plains Museum, the Southern Plains Museum, the Comanche Nation Museum, the Artesian Arts Gallery and Exhibit C. His work can be found at the Michael McCormick Gallery in Taos, New Mexico. He owns and operates Nevaquaya Fine Arts: A Legacy Gallery in Tulsa, OK and makes his home in Apache, OK with his wife, Alicia, and their sons.