Bob Haozous was born in 1943 in Los Angeles, California.
A Native American of Chiricahua Apache descent, he grew up in Brigham,
Utah, where his father, Allan Houser, was a teacher. He studied at the
State University of Utah, subsequently graduating from the Oakland College
of Arts and Crafts in California, in 1971, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Since then, Haozous has been working as a professional sculptor in Santa
Fe. Bob Haozous is one of the most distinguished sculptors in the American
Southwest. As a leading voice in Native American art, Haozous' commitment
as expressed in his sculptures, confronts our political, racial, social,
and environmental issues — and borders. His steel sculptures, some of
which are on a monumental scale, are to be found in public places, in
museum collections from New York to Los Angeles, and in major national
and international institutions.
Bob Haozous' very choice of name is
indicative of the paradoxical, often ironically provocative nature of
his work. Unlike his father Allan Houser, a famous sculptor in his own
right, Bob Haozous elected to adopt the name of his Apache grandfather.
In this way, he bears castanedaimony as an artist to his Native American
roots, whilst at the same time making a conscious decision not to produce
Native American art; that is to say traditional tribal art itself. This
decision is logical given the modern-day experiences of Native Americans,
living as they do in a western civilization, caught between two different
cultures. In his efforts to integrate this historical process of upheaval
in Modern Art, Haozous fulfills a transformative role, working on the
borderline between two different cultures. Indeed, it is this that lends
his work its historical significance. Each of his works reflects the
traditional Native American world-view, with the mythical perception
as expressed in tribal cultures and traditions, both Western influences
and the transformation from tribal symbolism towards individual expression
within Modern Art.