Last Updated: 03 Nov, 2023 | Views: 99
Other Profession(s): Sculptor
Famous For: Sculpture, Painting, Drawing, Murals
Allan Haozous was born on June 30, 1914, and passed away on August 22, 1994. Oklahoma brought him into this world where he would eventually become a Chiricahua Apache sculptor, painter, and book illustrator. In the 20th century, he became one of the most famous Native American painters and modernist sculptors. He is greatly known for his work across North America, Europe, and Japan in places such as the Smithsonian Museum of American Art and the National Museum of the American Indian.
Allan Haozous Early Career
• In 1939, Allan Haozous started his career in the Golden Gate International Exposition. The same year, he also decided to marry his wife, Anna Maria Gallegos.
• A few years later, in 1940, Allan Haozous got a major commission to paint murals at the Main Interior Building in Washington, DC. Not too long after, he got another commission from the U.S. Department of Interior to paint indoor murals.
Allan Haozous Teaching
• Allan Haozous went into teaching after working a few art jobs. In 1949, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, which gave him two years off to do art for himself while still being able to support his family.
• From 1952 through 1962, Allan Haozous worked as an art teacher at the Intermountain Indian School in Brigham City, Utah, primarily as a Navajo boarding school.
Allan Haozous Later Work
• The most productive time of Houser’s career began in 1975. This was when he retired. With all the time and materials he could ask for, his family compound was in southern Santa Fe County. It was there that he made a visual language that would be his artistic legacy. His work was featured in a series by PBS. It reviewed American Indian artists, including R.C. Gorman and Helen Hardin.
• In 1993, something happened that would make Houser feel accomplished, and in 1994, he got the chance to return to Washington, D.C., for one final time. They dedicated an art park to him at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and he gifted a sculpture called “May We Have Peace” to the U.S. Government with these words attached: “To the people of the United States from the First Peoples.”
Allan Haozous Death
• Allan Haozous passed away at 80 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1994.