Contemporary Native Art to Russia

This website shows the art and artists involved in the June-July 2012 Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Art and the September-October 2012 Novosibirsk State Museum of Art biennial.

Bob Haozous

Born 1943, Los Angeles, California, USA

B.F.A., 1971, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California, USA

Lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Bob Haozous, an enrolled member of the Chiricahua Apache tribe, has had an impressive career, producing work in a variety of media, including sculpture, painting, and printmaking. Haozous works in a range of media, from drawing, painting, and printmaking to jewelry, but his primary focus is on sculptor, especially monumental public works. He sculpts in steel, stone, wood, and aluminum. His parents are Anna Marie Gallegos, a Diné- Mestiza textile artist, and the late Allan Houser, a famous twentieth-century Apache sculptor.

Haozous is primarily known for his site-specific sculptures, but his work also includes intimate jewelry pieces, watercolor drawings, prints and smaller works in three dimensions. His approach does not seek to imitate Western discourse or philosophy (especially that which is linked to material progress and linearity), but rather engages Native American cultural worldviews. Significantly, he challenges internalized racism, the expectation of genetic purity and the idea of an “authentic Indian.” He does not accept post-modernism or Native modernism as Native American art definitions, arguing that these dialogues are based in Western concepts. Haozous advocates defining a contemporary interpretation of Native American art from a Native point of view.

Bob Haozous, My Dearest Darling, 2008

Bob Haozous, Man and Girls, monotype, 1997

Bob Haozous, His Dream Was To Rule the World, monotype, 1991

Bob Haozous, Sleeping Blonde Woman, monotype, 1993

Bob Haozous, Memo to the Mother, monotype, 1997

Bob Haozous, Desert Storm, monotype, 1991