daughter of Leo Poblano and Ida Vacit Poblano, Veronica Poblano
has become recognized as a top-notch contemporary jeweler. While
she draws on Zuni silverworking and lapidary forms and techniques,
her work is characterized by a high degree of innovation and individual
creative license, making it a fertile hybrid of the contemporary
and the traditional.
Poblano learned from her mother and father, as well as Edward and
Madeline Beyuka, who lived next door to her when she was a child.
She credits the Beyukas, in particular, for inspiring her to work
in silver. Veronica achieved notoriety at a young age in the early
1970s for her use of Mickey Mouse images on pins, bracelets, rings
and necklaces. At that time, she worked with husband Amelio Nastacio,
and they signed their work AMELIO & VERONICA NASTACIO, ZUNI
More recently, Poblano has gained notoriety as a contemporary innovator,
working with uncommon materials in wide-ranging styles. Her two
children, Dylan and Jovanna, have also developed considerable reputations
as highly creative metalworkers and lapidarists.
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