Bennet Kagenveama, Hopi Silversmith
Bennet Kagenveama is a master Hopi silversmith, Bear Clan, born to the village of Shungopavi, Second Mesa, in Arizona. His parents were both renowned Hopi artists--his mother, Gladys, was considered a master basket weaver, and his father Richard, was one of the original artists and teachers in the Hopi Guild, created under the GI Bill of Rights to support training of returning World War II veterans as artists and jewelers.
Bennet acknowledges his study of drawings and painting with watercolors during his two years of art school broadened his talent for what would become his extremely detailed silverwork, which requires intricate skills with tiny saw blades. Silver overlay showcases two pieces of silver, soldered together after the top design has been cut out. Texturing is added to the bottom layer, as well as oxidation to allow the top design to pop.
After his time working at what would become the Hopi Silvercraft Cooperative Guild, he perfected his geometric designs and attention to scenery, including clouds, trees and mesas.This combination of realism and mystical action of his dance pictorials in his pendants and cuffs has drawn a loyal and international group of collectors. Bennet states he loves depicting animals, including elk, bear, and birds, and spends as much time as he can in the outdoor world.
His work is hallmarked with the Spider symbol. Raven Makes Gallery is honored to showcase this fine man’s unique and beautiful pieces of wearable art.