R.C. Gorman (1931- 2005 ) was called the “Picasso of American Indian artists.” Rudolph Carl Gorman was born in Chinle, Arizona on the Navajo reservation, the ancient home of the Anasazi. His father Carl Gorman, was a member of the Navajo Code Talkers, an elite group of U.S. Marines who developed a Navajo-based communications code that the Japanese were unable to break during World War II. Gorman was raised in an old stone house without running water, and the local Catholic Church allowed the family to use water from its outdoor faucet. His first school was a one-room structure heated with a woodstove, where he recalled that his first work of art was a drawing of a naked woman, which brought spankings from his teacher and his mother. By seventh grade he was selling his art work. In 1964 he fell in love with Taos New Mexico, where he was visited by many celebrities which included Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Onassis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Excerpted from the Encyclopedia of Word biography 2004.
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