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.