Loloma was born in Hoteville, Arizona. While in high school, his artistic career began as a painter and muralist when Fred Kabotie asked Loloma to assist him in the reproduction of murals from the Awatovi site on the Hopi reservation for New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Loloma later worked for the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939 with Kabotie and René d’Harnoncourt. The group designed murals in the Federal Building on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay.
Loloma went on to study ceramics and open a pottery shop with his wife in Scottsdale. Despite the popularity of “Lolomaware,” the artist is best known for his jewelry making, which took precedence over his other crafts. “Nothing in the vast realm of Southwestern jewelry is as unique, as identifiable and as in demand as the contemporary design, craftsmanship and awe inspiring work of Charles Loloma,” says Annie McLagan, Managing Director of the Denver Regional office at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.
Two notable bracelets by Loloma will be offered at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ Arts of the American West sale in Denver on November 10. “The bracelets we are offering are circa 1975 and are fashioned in Loloma’s dramatically vertical composition. They have never before been offered as they were purchased directly from the artist,” says McLagan.