THE ARTISTIC ODYSSEY OF HIGINIO V. GONZALES: A Tinsmith and Poet in Territorial New Mexico

THE ARTISTIC ODYSSEY OF HIGINIO V. GONZALES: A Tinsmith and Poet in Territorial New Mexico
by Maurice M. Dixon, Jr. Foreword by Carmella Padilla Translation by Alejandro Lopez University of Oklahoma Press 2015
“After years of research in private collections and newspaper archives, Maurice M. Dixon, Jr. brings us an astounding record of tinsmith Higinio V. Gonzales, a remarkable and complex man. I am grateful for Dixon’s tireless efforts to celebrate the work of this remarkable artist.”
Lane Coulter, co-author of New Mexican Tinwork, 1840-1940

Higinio V. Gonzales (1842-1921) was more than a gifted metalworker. A man of varied talents whose poems and songs complement his work in punched tin, Gonzales transcends categorization.  In this book, Maurice M. Dixon, Jr., who has spent more than thirty years studying New Mexico tinwork, describes the artist’s signature techniques. Recounting the scholarly detective work that revealed the full scope of Gonzales’s art and career, Dixon tells the story of this man who was a craftsman as well as a poet.  Featuring translations of Gonzales’s poetry, this award-winning book restores a long forgotten New Mexico innovator to the prominence he deserves.

Maurice Dixon is an artist and art historian based in Santa Fe whose work is included in the collections of the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, The National Hispanic Cultural Center, and the New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts, among others, as well as in numerous private collections.  He has created works on paper and canvas and is also himself a tinsmith specializing in a variety of decorative architectural commissions for public and private entities.  He is co-author, with Lane Coulter, of the highly-regarded New Mexico Tinwork 1840-1940 (University of New Mexico Press).

Carmella Padilla is an award-winning journalist and author who writes about intersections in art, culture and history in New Mexico and beyond. She is of several books that examine New Mexico Hispano art and culture, including, with photographer Jack Parsons, Low ‘n Slow: Low Riding in New Mexico, and The Work of Art: Folk Artists in the 21st Century.

Alejandro Lopez, who translated Gonzales’s poems from Spanish into English is a Spanish-language translator based in Santa Cruz, New Mexico.

Winner of the Best New Mexico Book for 2016 award from the New Mexico Book Co-op

The Border Regional Library Association’s 2017 Award for Best Southwest Book

The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs 2017 Heritage Award