Phillip Haozous

Phillip Haozous

Phillip M. Haozous (image courtesy of the Allan Houser Foundation).

Phillip Mangas Haozous, named for his great-great-grandfather and leader of the Warm Springs Chiricahua Apache Mangas Coloradas, was born in Lawton, Oklahoma, in 1941 to Allan and Anna Houser. Phillip's initial forays into the art world began with jewelry making for his costumes during his time as an actor in a Wild West Show in Cripple Creek, Colorado. In 1973 Phillip enrolled in the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to refine his techniques under the tutelage of Skip Holbrook. While studying at IAIA, Phillip was chosen as most outstanding jewelry student in his class. In addition to working with jewelry, Phillip began to explore other media, including flute making and sculpting.

Allan Houser, master sculptor, inspired his son Phillip to utilize his special gift for sculpting.

Allan was very patient with me and was always there to offer words of encouragement when I was having difficulty with a particular stone.

Known for sculpting abstract figures, his awards include several first place ribbons at the Santa Fe Indian Market, the Eight Northern Indian Pueblo Artists and Craftsmen Show, and the Otero Award for Creative Excellence. Fusing the abstract with concepts of realism, Phillip Haozous's artwork evokes emotion and hearkens back to the traditions of the Native culture.

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