Bob Haozous is a Chiricahua Apache sculptor from Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is enrolled in the Fort Sill Apache Tribe.

Bob Haozous
Robert Haozous

(1943-04-01)April 1, 1943
Los Angeles, California
NationalityWarm Springs Chiricahua Apache Tribe
EducationBFA, California College of Arts and Crafts
Known forsculpture, jewelry, painting, printmaking
Notable workCultural Crossroads,[1] Apache Holocaust Memorial
MovementApache art
Bob Haozous sculpture (center) at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, 2013


Bob Haozous was born on 1 April 1943 in Los Angeles, California.[2] His parents are Anna Marie Gallegos, a Navajo-Mestiza textile artist, and the late Allan Houser (1914–1994), a famous 20th-century Apache sculptor. As a child, Haozous spent time in Apache, Oklahoma, his tribe's headquarters.[2] His parents both taught at Intermountain Indian School, in Brigham City, Utah.[3]

Education and military serviceEdit

Haozous studied at Utah State University before enlisting in the US Navy, where he served for four years on board of the USS Frank Knox during the Vietnam War. After the war, Haozous attended the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California, where he earned his BFA degree in sculpture in 1971.[2]


Haozous works in a range of media, from drawing, painting, and printmaking to jewelry, but his primary focus is on sculpture, especially monumental public works. He sculpts in steel, stone, wood, and aluminum.[2]

His work is often humorous and extremely politically charged.[citation needed] He creates work about his Apache heritage, the environment–especially climate change–and institutional racism.

Art careerEdit

As an emerging artist, Haozous exhibited at the annual SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market, from 1971 until 1991.[2] He moved on to a world stage and has participated in the Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy, in both 1999 and 2001.[2]

Notable exhibitionsEdit

Notable collectionsEdit

He has also created public art for the cities of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; San Diego, California; Seattle, Washington; and Tulsa, Oklahoma, as well as for the Seattle Seahawks Stadium.[2]


Bob Haozous lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has three children and four brothers. His brother Philip Haozous is also a respected sculptor.


  1. ^ "(Barbed) Wired for Controversy." Indigenous People. Accessed 2 April 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Ceremonial Space by Bob Haozous." Archived April 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine City of Tampa, Florida: Art Programs. Accessed 2 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Bob Haozous (1943- ): Biography." AskArt. Accessed 2 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Old Man Looking Backward: Bob Haozous". Wheelwright Museum. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Relations : indigenous dialogue / Joseph M. Sanchez & John R. Grimes, editors". Collections. National Museum of American History. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Who Stole the Tee Pee: Bob Haozous." Archived 2008-05-29 at the Wayback Machine National Museum of the American Indian. Accessed 2 April 2011.
  7. ^ "Bob Haozous, Apache Necklace." British Museum. Accessed 2 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Collections Search: Bolo Tie." National Museum of the American Indian. Accessed 2 April 2011.
  9. ^ "Haffenreffer | Brown University".

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