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 Robert Tsosie  (1960 - )

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Lived/Active: New Mexico / Mexico      Known for: sculptor-abstract animal/figure

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born and raised in Santa Fe to a Pueblo Picuris mother and Navajo father, sculptor Robert Tsosie was influenced in the subjects of his artwork by his visits to the reservations. He began crafting jewelry as a child and later apprenticed to metal sculptor Charles Pratt, a major influence.

Tsosie was a student from 1989 to 1991 at the Institute of American Indian Arts where he came to admire European modernists Henry Moore and Constantin Brancusi.

Living 40 miles north of Santa Fe in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Robert Tsosie (in 2002) leads a solitary, regular life and frequently exhibits at Indian Market in Santa Fe.

Bonnie Gangelhoff, 'Between Two Worlds', "Southwest Art", August 1998

Biography from Wiford Gallery:
Robert Dale Tsosie studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and received the T.C. Cannon Award for artistic and academic excellence in 1991. He has also received a Governor’s Award, called the “Allan Houser Award for Artistic Excellence,” from the State of New Mexico, as well as “Best of Division,” “Best of Class,” and several first place ribbons at the Santa Fe Indian Market since 1992.

Tsosie's work may be seen at the Capitol of New Mexico, the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture as well as the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum in Santa Fe, NM. He has taught at the IAIA and is currently teaching stone sculpture at the Poeh Arts Center in Pojoaque Pueblo since 1994.

His work reflects how he views life and his culture with modernism as the main ingredient. Revealing the beauty within a piece of stone is central to his artist inspiration. Line, form, negative space, and an ancient cultural background helps him to channel his thoughts and feelings into a living rock.

With the eagle as Robert Dale Tsosie's spirit guide, ancient spirits and deities guiding him and the beautiful spirit of women he is inspired to honor them through his sculptures.

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